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Alexander and Alex - Washington’s Alexander Semin now has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his last eight games, including three multi-point games during that stretch. He’s also extended his point streak to four games after adding an assist in Saturday’s loss to San Jose. The Caps will also look to Alex Ovechkin for success in LA. He’s recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in six career games against the Kings. Further, Ovechkin has tallied 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists) against Pacific-Division opponents.

The 2012 Stanley Cup seminfinals between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers has been a tight, defensive series where six of the seven games have been decided by one goal. A lot of credit has been given to the defensive pairing of John Carlson and Karl Alzner and their ability to block shots. Carlson leads the team and is second in the NHL in blocked shots during the playoffs (37), just trailing Dan Girardi of the New York Rangers. Karl Alzner is right behind him at third on the team and sixth in the league (32). Carlson is also fourth on the team in hits (30) and has registered five playoff points (two goals, three assists) during the 2012 run, including three points in his last five games.

Caps winger Alex Ovechkin was named the NHL’s ‘Second Star’ for the week ending Jan. 1.  Ovechkin scored five goals and dished out two assists for a seven point week with a +4 rating as Washington went on to win three of four starts. He also recorded a point in each game, extending his point streak to six games during that time span.

Nineteen year-old, Capitals’ prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov (second-round, 26th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft)  is the captain of team Russia in the IIHF World Junior Championship, which kicked off yesterday. At last year’s world juniors, Kuznetsov finished tied for second in scoring alongside Vladimir Tarasenko with four goals and seven assists.