Brett Connolly extended his career-high with his 21st goal of the season against the Minnesota Wild last night and has recorded seven points (4g, 3a) in his last five games. This season, Connolly's 43 points (21g, 22a) are seventh on the Capitals, and his point total is a new single season high (previously: 2017-18: 27p). His 22 assists are a new career high and he's reached the 40 point mark for the first time in his career. Since returning from the All-Star break on Feb. 1, Connolly's 12 goals lead the Capitals. This season, Connolly is the only player in the NHL that has accumulated 43 points and averaged under 14 minutes or fewer a game (13:17 TOI). Connolly is on pace to reach the 47 point mark this year, and if he maintains a 13:17 minutes per game average, it'll be the least amount of time per game a player has averaged while recording 47 or more points in a season in the last 14 seasons. Since joining Washington in 2016-17, Connolly's recorded 93 points and averaged 12:03 minutes per game, the least amount of time per game of any player with at least 93 points during that span (second closest, Micheal Ferland, 102 points averaging 13:34 TOI per game).
The Capitals return to the ice tomorrow against the Philadelphia Flyers at Capital One Arena.
11:30 a.m.: Practice, MedStar Capitals Iceplex
Sunday, March 24
10:15 a.m.: Head coach Todd Reirden media availability, Capital One Arena
12:30 p.m.: Washington vs. Philadelphia Flyers, Capital One Arena
Monday, March 25
10:30 a.m.: Practice, MedStar Capitals Iceplex
Tuesday, March 26
10:15 a.m.: Morning skate, MedStar Capitals Iceplex
7 p.m.: Washington vs. Carolina Hurricanes, Capital One Arena
March 23, 2019
Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump 'n Chase: Wild Edges Caps, 2-1 / Caps Without Kempny Indefinitely / SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate 3/22
Washington Post: Capitals are off the mark in 2-1 loss to Wild / Defenseman Michal Kempny out indefinitely with left leg injury
Washington Times: Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny out indefinitely with lower-body injury
NBC Sports Washington: Caps fall to Minnesota 2-1 / Wild tame the Caps as Washington fails to add to their division lead / Playoff Push: Games to watch this weekend for the Metropolitan Division / How Tom Wilson's first game back from suspension against Minnesota sparked the Caps / With Kempny out indefinitely, Djoos set to play for Capitals tonight vs. Minnesota / NHL Power Rankings: Was Caps-Lightning preview of the Conference Final?
NHL.com: Wild move into wild-card spot with win against Capitals / Wild at Capitals preview / Kempny out indefinitely for Capitals with lower-body injury / Facts and Figures: Lightning closer to making NHL history (Alex Ovechkin mentioned)
AP: Wild edge Capitals 2-1 to move into playoff position / Capitals' Kempny (lower body) out indefinitely / Update on the latest in sports: (Braden Holtby mentioned)
Buffalo News: Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings (Washington Capitals mentioned)
NBC Sports: Push for the Playoffs: Can Wild keep playoff hopes alive? (Washington Capitals mentioned) / Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny out indefinitely
Pioneer Press: Wild back in playoff position after win over defending Stanley Cup champions
Reuters: Wild move into wild-card spot with win over Caps / Capitals D Kempny out indefinitely with injury
Sports Daily: Game Preview: Minnesota Wild vs. Washington Capitals 3/22/19 @ 6:00PM at Capital One Arena
Star Tribune: Wild stays hot away from home, topping Capitals 2-1
USA Today: Evanoff: Gold Strike casino's sports bar will contain 50 TVs, take sports bets from diners (Ted Leonsis mentioned)
Yahoo Sports: What should we actually think of the Caps?
Washington Capitals: Postgame Locker Room | March 22 / Todd Reirden Postgame | March 22
NBC Sports Washington: Pregame Rush: Caps look to rebound against dogged Flyers
WRC-TV NBC 4: On Doug Kammerer Riding the Giant Fan Mobile