The Verizon Center fire alarm went off as the Thrashers were finishing up their morning skate today. Hey, they are 3-1-1 over their last five games, but they’re not really on fire.
Some storylines tonight:
—Ilya Kovalchuk vs. Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin has a league-best 11 goals in February. Kovy has 10. Alex ends the month at Boston on Saturday; Ilya plays at home against Carolina. Ovechkin is three goals shy of tying his best month of his career (March 20088).
—Four of the Thrashers’ final 20 games are against the Capitals.
—The Capitals were front-page news in today’s Washington Post, with a story talking about how they’re the hot sports story in DC. The Wizards and Nationals are awful, and the Redskins aren’t good. Meanwhile, the Capitals tonight will have a franchise-record-tying 10th consecutive sellout. It helps to have Ovechkin, but there’s more to this team and the Verizon Center atmosphere than just him. This is the best Capitals team ever through 60 games (38-17-5).
—Ovechkin (44 goals) has an eight-goal lead on the rest of the league. Mike Green (22 goals) has a five-goal lead on the rest of the NHL’s defensemen.