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Putting Alex Ovechkin's 1,000th point in historical perspective

Putting Alex Ovechkin's 1,000th point in historical perspective

Alex Ovechkin earned his 1,000th career point on Wednesday with a goal just 35 seconds into the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

So what does that mean? OK, 1,000 is a nice, round number, but didn't Wayne Gretzky get 2,857 points?

Here are some numbers to help you wrap your head around what this accomplishment means:

  • Ovechkin is now one of 84 players in NHL history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Eighty-four sounds like a lot, but it's not when you consider the NHL is celebrating its centennial this season.
  • Wednesday's game was the 880th of Ovechkin's career. There are currently just six active players with more points than Ovechkin and he was able to reach 1,000 points faster than all but one of them. Only Jaromir Jagr reached that mark faster as his came in just 763 career games. Overall, Ovechkin is the 24th fastest player to 1,000.
  • Ovechkin's 545 career goals are the second-most for a player's first 1,000 points ever, behind only Brett Hull's 560.
  • Ovechkin is just one of 37 players to reach 1,000 points with one franchise.


In addition to 1,000 points, Ovechkin's goal was the 545th of his career.

That pulls him ahead of Maurice "Rocket" Richard for 29th all-time in NHL goals. That means Ovechkin now has more goals than the player for which the NHL season goal-scoring title is named after.

Oh, and by the way, Ovechkin is just 31 years old. There are plenty more milestones to come before he hangs up the skates.

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John Carlson will make his preseason debut Tuesday, but Devante Smith-Pelly will not


John Carlson will make his preseason debut Tuesday, but Devante Smith-Pelly will not

A lower-body injury kept defenseman John Carlson out of the first few days of training camp and has thus far kept him out of preseason action. On Tuesday, however, as the Capitals head to St. Louis to take on the Blues, Carlson will be in the lineup for his preseason debut.

Carlson was held out of Friday’s game as a precaution, but head coach Todd Reirden said he was “really close” at that point to returning. He will play with his normal partner Michal Kempny.

Carlson enters the season on a new eight-year contract that he signed in the offseason. This is a big year for him to prove to the team that his career year in 2017-18 (15 goals, 53 assists, 68 points, all career highs) was a reflection of his true value and not simply the result of a motivated player playing for his next contract.

While Carlson is set to make his debut, forward Devante Smith-Pelly still will be held from the lineup.

Tuesday’s game will be Washington’s fifth preseason game out of seven and Smith-Pelly has yet to play in any of them.

Reirden would not go into specifics as to why Smith-Pelly is not in the lineup. When asked Friday, Smith-Pelly called it a “coach’s decision” and said he was not dealing with any injury.

Reirden had no real update to offer on Monday regarding the winger’s status.

“It’s something that we’re going to continue to monitor every day and get him close to playing,” Reirden said.

While no one is expected to play every preseason game, Smith-Pelly is rapidly running out of time to get any playing time in before the start of the regular season. If he is not ready to play yet in the preseason, it is fair to wonder just how far away he may be from suiting up when the games actually start to matter.

Missing Tuesday’s game means there are only two chances left to get Smith-Pelly into the lineup with games on Friday and Sunday.

When asked how many games Smith-Pelly would need to prepare for the season, Reirden said, “Ideally, I'd like to have him ready for as many as possible. As soon as he's ready to play, he'll play.”


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Capitals vs. Blues preseason Game 5: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Capitals vs. Blues preseason Game 5: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

The Washington Capitals' preseason continues Tuesday night as they head to St. Louis to take on the Blues.

The Caps first preseason game vs. the Boston Bruins ended in a 1-2 shootout, followed by losses against the Bruins, Canadiens and Hurricanes respectively. 

The Stanley Cup champions will face the Blues once again on Sunday, September 30 at Capital One Arena before preparing to raise their championship banner during the season opener on Wednesday, October 3. 

Ahead of Tuesday's matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


What: Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues

Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri

When: Tuesday, September, 25, 8:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Blues preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Blues preseason on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7


8:00 PM: NHL Preseason: Capitals @ St. Louis Blues (LIVE)
10:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)