News and notes as the Capitals prepare for tonights 7 p.m. puck drop against the Carolina Hurricanes:
--The Caps are 3-0 against the Canes this season, including a dominant 5-1 win in their last visit to RBC Center on Nov. 4. The Caps are tied with the Florida Panthers atop the Southeast Division with 52 points, but the Caps own the lead by virtue of having two more wins.
--The Caps are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games and are coming off a 3-0 win in Montreal Wednesday night. Carolina is 4-4-2 in its last 1-0 and is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
--The Caps are 8-0-1 in their last nine games against Carolina, outscoring them 26-14 in that span. Theyve also won four straight at RBC Center and have not lost in regulation in Carolina since Nov. 21, 2009, a 4-1 setback.
--Center Marcus Johansson is making the most of his time as Nicklas Backstroms replacement on the top line. He scored his 10th goal of the season on Wednesday and has tied his point total from last season with 27 (10 goals, 17 assists). Johansson has already set a career high in assists and game-winning goals (3) this season and has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his last 11 games.
--Alex Semin has 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in his last 14 games. Just as importantly, hes taken just three minor penalties in that span. In 38 career games against the Hurricanes Semin has 45 points (27 goals, 18 assists). Alex Ovechkin is on a similar roll with 14 points (9 goals, 5 assists) in his last 14 games. He has 59 career points (21 goals, 38 assists) in 44 games against the Canes.
--The Caps have scored a power-play goal in four of their last five road games, going 4-for-13 during that span. The Caps penalty kill went 7-for-7 in Montreal and has now killed off 12 of its opponents last 14 power plays.