Story of the Day

The Capitals return to Capital One Arena tonight to host the Ottawa Senators for the second of three meetings between the teams this season. The Capitals enter tonight’s contest on a four-game point streak (3-0-1) and have earned at least one point in six of their last seven games (4-1-2) dating back to Feb. 10.

John Carlson will play in his 984th game with the Capitals tonight, which will move him past Calle Johansson (983 GP) for the most games played by a defenseman in franchise history. Carlson, Washington’s all-time leader in assists (510) and points (654) among defensemen, will become the seventh active blueliner to rank first among defensemen for their respective franchise in games played, assists and points, joining Cam Fowler (Anaheim), Aaron Ekblad (Florida), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles), Roman Josi (Nashville), Kris Letang (Pittsburgh) and Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay). Only Alex Ovechkin (1,400) and Nicklas Backstrom (1,105) have played more games in a Capitals sweater. Ovechkin played in his 984th career game and passed Johansson for the most games played in franchise history on Feb. 26, 2018, exactly six years ago today.

Carlson also enters tonight’s game one goal shy of passing Sergei Gonchar (144) for the second-most goals by a defenseman in franchise history. Only Kevin Hatcher (149) has more goals among Capitals blueliners all-time. This season, Carlson leads the Capitals in assists (29) and ranks third on the team in points (32). With his next assist, Carlson will become the fourth player in franchise history to record nine-plus 30-assist seasons (Nicklas Backstrom: 14; Alex Ovechkin: 11; Mike Gartner: 9).

MOST GAMES PLAYED IN CAPITALS FRANCHISE HISTORY

Player

Position

Games Played

1. Alex Ovechkin

Left Wing

1,400

2. Nicklas Backstrom

Center

1,105

T-3. John Carlson

Defense

983

T-3. Calle Johansson

Defense

983

5. Peter Bondra

Right Wing

961

6. Kelly Miller

Left Wing

940

Schedule & Availability

Today

10:30 a.m.: Morning skate, MedStar Capitals Iceplex

7 p.m.: Capitals vs. Ottawa Senators, Capital One Arena

TV: MNMT

Radio: 106.7 The Fan, Caps Radio 24/7

Tuesday, Feb. 27

4:45 p.m.: Head coach Spencer Carbery media availability, Little Caesars Arena

7 p.m.: Capitals at Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesars Arena

TV: MNMT2

Radio: 106.7 The Fan, Caps Radio 24/7

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Day off

Thursday, Feb. 29

10:30 a.m.: Practice, MedStar Capitals Iceplex

Caps Clips

Feb. 26, 2024

Dump ’n Chase: Caps Host Ottawa / Panthers Nip Caps in OT, 3-2  / Skate Shavings – News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate

Washington Post: Alex Ovechkin reaches 1,400 game milestone with Capitals

Monumental Sports Network: Ovechkin chats with Koken ahead of 1400th career game / Pierrick Dube shares emotions of making NHL debut

The Athletic: NHL trade deadline bold predictions: One pick for all 32 teams (Washington Capitals mentioned)

NHL.com: Panthers tie it late, defeat Capitals in OT / NHL On Tap: Rangers face Flyers seeking 10th win in row (Washington Capitals mentioned)

AP: Gustav Forsling scores in OT to lift Panthers past Capitals, 3-2

The Hockey News – Washington: Takeaways: Capitals Put Up Fight To Get Key Point, But Fall To Panthers In OT / Mantha Injured In Capitals' Loss To Panthers; Carbery Provides Update As Team Sees Key Player Hurt In Fourth Straight Game  / Jensen Leaves Capitals-Panthers After Going Hard Into Boards; Fourth Straight Game D.C. Has Lost Player To Injury  / Pierrick Dubé To Make NHL Debut; Where He Starts For Capitals, Expectations & What Team Hopes To See From Him In First Game  / How The Capitals Look Without Oshie; Who Moves Up & Which Call-Ups Play As Playoff Push Continues

The Hockey News – AHL: High-Impact AHL scorers Logan Stankoven and Pierrick Dube Both Make NHL Debuts on Saturday

ECHL: Former Lion Pierrick Dube makes NHL debut

Broadcast (Excluding Game Highlights):                        

Washington Capitals: Postgame | Tom Wilson / Postgame | Sonny Milano / Postgame | Max Pacioretty / Postgame | Spencer Carbery  / Spencer Carbery | February 24 / Rinkside Update | Alex Ovechkin / Caps Red Line | Toronto All-Star

Monumental Sports Network: Caps Postgame Live on the Capitals and MSE Foundation Black History Month Fundraiser (9 p.m.)

WJLA-TV ABC 7: Sports Sunday On the Capitals Rising Stars Academy (11 p.m.)

WRC-TV NBC 4: Sports Showcase on the Capitals Rising Stars Academy and Black History Month Fundraiser (7 p.m.) / Sports Showcase on the Capitals Rising Stars Academy and Black History Month Fundraiser (11 p.m.)

WTTG-TV FOX 5: On the Capitals Black History Month Jersey Auction