Caps excited for Tom Wilson's debut
News and notes as the Capitals prepare to face the New York Rangers in Game 5 tonight at Verizon Center [7:30, CSN]:
Whistle blower: Before the Caps’ playoff series against the Rangers, Caps left wing Jason Chimera said he hoped the referees would put away their whistles and let the players play. In the first two games of the series, each team was awarded a total of seven power plays. In Games 3 and 4, the Rangers were given 10 power plays, the Caps five. “In the third game they called everything,” Chimera said. “And in Game 4 I got called for a penalty [interference at the end of the second period] that never gets called during the year. That changes the game, changes the momentum, and that can change a series. There’s ups and downs in every game and we need to handle that better.”
Green factor: Caps D Mike Green has recorded a point in all four games. His nine career playoff goals tie him for fifth place in Caps history for goals by a defenseman, joining Scott Stevens and Larry Murphy. Five of his career playoff goals and 11 of his 24 career assists have come in his 23 postseason games against the Rangers.
Matty P: Caps C Mathieu Perreault picked up a goal and an assist in Game 4, tying him for the postseason team lead in points (4). Jason Chimera assisted on Perreault’s goal, giving him 10 points (6-4-10) in 16 career playoff games against New York.
Wardo: Caps RW Joel Ward tallied two assists in Game 4 and has now posted three assists in his last two games. He ranks tied for first on the team in assists and tied for third in points. Ward has scored 0.15 goals per game and 0.39 points per game in his career during the regular season. During his postseason career Ward has compiled 0.28 goals per game and 0.69 points per contest.
Carlson solid: D John Carlson skated 24:46 and blocked a team-high five shots in Game 4. Carlson ranks second on the Caps in average ice time per game (23:37) and leads all Capitals in shorthanded ice time per game (4:38). His 17 blocked shots lead the Capitals and rank tied for third in the NHL
Taking advantage: The Blueshirts are 2-0 in games when tallying a power play goal during the playoffs, and are 2-0 when holding the Capitals scoreless with the man advantage
Hershey recalls: The Caps have recalled goaltender Philipp Grubauer and defensemen Dmitry Orlov, Tomas Kundratek, Cameron Schilling and Nate Schmidt from the Hershey Bears. All five players are expected to join the Caps at Saturday’s practice at Kettler.
Injury updates: Caps left wing Marty Erat [apparent left arm injury] did not skate on Friday. “Actually, he’s significantly better today,” Caps coach Adam Oates said. “We’ll see how it goes in the next couple days.” Rangers defenseman Marc Staal [eye] skated on Friday but gave no indication of when he might return after reporting some vision issues after Game 2.