|55||MONTREAL||+120||Ov 5.5,+115||+110||Ov 5.5,+110|
|56||WASHINGTON||-140||Un 5.5,-135||-130||Un 5.5,-130|
|Last 5 Games||1-1-0||-0.4||1-1||-0.4||0-2||2.5||27.5||1.5||27.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||2||5||2||2||1||0||0||55||9.1%||11||3||27.3%||10|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||2||5||2||2||1||0||0||55||9.1%||11||3||27.3%||10|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||3||1||2||0||0||0||54||5.6%||13||3||23.1%||6|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||3||1||2||0||0||0||54||5.6%||13||3||23.1%||6|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||2||2||54||51||94.4%||0||1-1||-0.4||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|CAREY PRICE (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||2||2||54||51||94.4%||0||1-1||-0.4||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||0-1-0||-1.6||0-1||-1.6||1-0||2.0||34.0||4.0||39.0|
|Last 5 Games||0-2-0||-2.7||0-2||-2.7||2-0||2.5||32.0||5.0||36.5|
|Team Stats (All Games)||2||5||2||2||1||0||0||64||7.8%||8||2||25.0%||10|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1||2||1||0||1||0||0||34||5.9%||4||1||25.0%||4|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||2||5||2||2||1||0||0||64||7.8%||8||2||25.0%||10|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||10||4||3||3||0||0||73||13.7%||12||5||41.7%||18|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||4||2||2||0||0||0||39||10.3%||5||2||40.0%||8|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||4||3||3||0||0||73||13.7%||12||5||41.7%||18|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)||2||2||73||63||86.3%||0||0-2||-2.7||0-2-0||-3||2-0|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)||1||1||39||35||89.7%||0||0-1||-1.6||0-1-0||-2||1-0|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||2||2||73||63||86.3%||0||0-2||-2.7||0-2-0||-3||2-0|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 2.54, WASHINGTON 2.74|
|1/19/2013||TORONTO||1-2||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/22/2013||FLORIDA||4-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|1/27/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|1/30/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|1/19/2013||at TAMPA BAY||3-6||L||0, -105||L||5.5 ov||O|
|1/22/2013||WINNIPEG||2-4||L||0, -165||L||5.5 ev||O|
|1/25/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|1/29/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|1/31/2013||at TORONTO|| |
LAST SEASON: 31-35-16, 78 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Michel Therrien, 4th season with Canadiens, 77-77-36 (2000-03), 8th overall, 212-182-68 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Colby Armstrong, D Francis Bouillon, LW Brandon Prust.
LOST: C Andreas Engqvist, D Brad Staubitz, LW Mathieu Darche.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Rookie first-round pick Alex Galchenyuk, who was selected with the No. 3 pick in the draft. He's already looking impressive during training camp this week. The Canadiens could use additional scoring punch to take the burden on the line of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Erik Cole, who combined to score 84 of the team's 207 goals.
OUTLOOK: After two coaching changes and a roster upheaval that sent Michael Cammalleri to Calgary, the outlook can only get better after the bottom fell out of Habs last season. Still, too soon to expect full turnaround under new GM Marc Bergevin, who is still retooling the roster that included sending C Scott Gomez home for remainder of season in order for the team to buy out his contract this summer.
LAST SEASON: 42-32-8, 92 points. Lost to New York Rangers 4-3 in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Adam Oates, 1st season with Capitals; 1st overall in NHL.
ADDED: C Mike Ribeiro, RW Eric Fehr, LW Wojtek Wolski.
LOST: RW Alexander Semin, G Tomas Vokoun, RW Mike Knuble, D Dennis Wideman.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Alex Ovechkin. Something less than Alexander the Great the past two seasons, the Capitals' captain will be the key to how far Washington goes this season. There's been talk of shifting him from left wing to right wing in a bid to get him back to the form that earned two league MVP awards.
OUTLOOK: Under first-time head coach Oates, the Capitals will try to find the proper balance between the all-out, go-go style and sit-back-and-play-defense style they shifted between under past coaches Bruce Boudreau and Dale Hunter. For all the talent on Washington's roster, the team has never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs with Ovechkin.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MONTREAL-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Canadiens-Capitals Preview* ============================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Montreal (1-1-0) at Washington (0-2-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT
If the Washington Capitals' first two games have proven anything, it's that they are a work in progress struggling to learn a new system under a new coach.
The shortened season makes it even more important for them to be a quick study.
Washington looks to avoid its first season-opening three-game losing streak in nearly two decades Thursday night when it faces the visiting Montreal Canadiens.
After allowing three unanswered third-period goals in a 6-3 loss at Tampa Bay in Saturday's season opener, the Capitals lost their home opener for the first time since 2000, falling 4-2 to Winnipeg on Tuesday.
The start is the Capitals' worst since they dropped their first six games to begin 1993-94.
Any losing streak is magnified in the lockout-shortened season, and a quick training camp and lack of preseason games didn't give first-time NHL coach Adam Oates much time to implement his systems.
"At this stage of the year, there's a little confidence issue," Oates said. "We're all second-guessing each other a little bit."
Of the 10 goals the Capitals have allowed, five have come while short-handed. Oates' team is 2 for 8 on the power play, and two-time league MVP Alex Ovechkin has no goals.
"Right now, we just have to realize, we have to win a game," Ovechkin said. "We know what we have to do."
Beating Montreal is something the Capitals have done with regularity lately, winning the last six meetings. Washington is 9-0-2 in this series since its last regulation loss on Nov. 20, 2009.
Mathieu Perreault led the Capitals with three goals in last season's series, while Ovechkin had a pair.
Braden Holtby, who has a 5.04 goals-against average this season, has stopped 44 of 46 shots with one shutout in two career starts against the Canadiens.
Montreal rebounded from a lackluster 2-1 season-opening loss to Toronto on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Florida on Tuesday. Defenseman Andrei Markov scored a pair of goals - his first in only 17 games played since Nov. 9, 2010 - and 18-year-old Alex Galchenyuk had the first of his career.
Strong play from Markov is even more essential for Montreal with defenseman P.K. Subban a contract holdout. Subban led the team in minutes last season and was the top scoring defenseman with 36 points.
"Every goal and win is special," said Markov, who has endured two surgeries on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. "I'm happy to be back and happy to be healthy and I'm just enjoying playing, especially here in front of our fans."
Carey Price has been sharp in the first two games, posting a 1.51 GAA, but he's 1-6-0 with a 2.93 GAA in his last eight appearances - including two in the 2009-10 postseason - against the Capitals.
The Canadiens went scoreless on 16 power-play opportunities versus Washington last season, and they haven't registered a goal with the man advantage in their last 33 chances in the series.
This is the first of two road games for Montreal in its first nine contests.
|Last Updated: 1/29/2015 2:19:44 PM EST|