|5||WASHINGTON||+120||Ov 5.5,+115||+145||Ov 5.5,+125|
|6||NEW JERSEY||-140||Un 5.5,-135||-165||Un 5.5,-145|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||0-1-0||-1||0-1||-1||1-0||3.0||30.0||6.0||34.0|
|Last 5 Games||0-3-0||-4||0-3||-4||2-1||2.0||31.7||4.7||31.7|
|Team Stats (All Games)||3||6||2||2||2||0||0||95||6.3%||12||2||16.7%||12|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1||3||1||2||0||0||0||30||10.0%||4||1||25.0%||6|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||3||6||2||2||2||0||0||95||6.3%||12||2||16.7%||12|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||14||4||7||3||0||0||95||14.7%||18||7||38.9%||26|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||6||2||1||3||0||0||34||17.6%||7||3||42.9%||10|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||4||7||3||0||0||95||14.7%||18||7||38.9%||26|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)||2||2||73||63||86.3%||0||0-2||-2.7||0-2-0||-3||2-0|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)||1||1||34||28||82.4%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||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)||1||1||22||18||81.8%||0||0-1||-1.3||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)||1||1||22||18||81.8%||0||0-1||-1.3||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-0-0||+1||1-0||+1||0-1||3.0||26.0||0.0||24.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-0-0||+2||2-0||+2||0-2||2.5||27.0||0.5||21.5|
|Team Stats (All Games)||2||5||2||2||1||0||0||54||9.3%||9||1||11.1%||8|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1||3||2||1||0||0||0||26||11.5%||7||1||14.3%||4|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||2||5||2||2||1||0||0||54||9.3%||9||1||11.1%||8|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||1||0||0||1||0||0||43||2.3%||10||1||10.0%||2|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||0||0||0||0||0||0||24||0.0%||6||0||0.0%||0|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||1||0||0||1||0||0||43||2.3%||10||1||10.0%||2|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (All Games)||2||2||43||42||97.7%||1||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (Home Games)||1||1||24||24||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (Last 4 Games)||2||2||43||42||97.7%||1||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 2.83, NEW JERSEY 2.96|
|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|
|1/24/2013||MONTREAL||1-4||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/25/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|1/29/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|1/31/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|1/19/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||2-1||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||U|
|1/22/2013||PHILADELPHIA||3-0||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/27/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|1/29/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|1/31/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/2/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|2/3/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/5/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
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.
|NEW JERSEY: |
LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings, 4-2 in Stanley Cup final.
COACH: Peter DeBoer, 2nd season with Devils, 48-28-6; 5th overall, 151-135-42 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Bobby Butler, RW Krys Barch, LW Mathieu Darche (tryout).
LOST: LW Zach Parise, RW Petr Sykora, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Ilya Kovalchuk. With Parise playing for the Wild and the Devils' decision not to re-sign Sykora, Kovalchuk (37 goals) has to produce more to make up for the loss of 52 goals.
OUTLOOK: Despite losing Parise, their captain, the Devils return most of the players that came up two wins shy of a Stanley Cup. Martin Brodeur remains one of the league's top goaltenders at 40, and this veteran team has the potential to improve playing a second season under Peter DeBoer.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-NEW JERSEY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Capitals-Devils Preview* =========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Washington (0-2-0) at New Jersey (2-0-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT
Martin Brodeur is a big reason why the New Jersey Devils are on the brink of their best start in over 10 years, but coach Pete DeBoer may still tweak the lineup.
Coach Adam Oates isn't ready to push the panic button even with his Washington Capitals off to their worst start in nearly two decades.
Brodeur isn't expected to be one of DeBoer's moves as he tries to build on his first shutout of the season Friday night when the Devils host their former assistant and the winless Capitals.
New Jersey (2-0-0) has a chance to open a season with three straight victories for the first time since 2002-03, when they eventually went on to win their most recent Stanley Cup.
The 40-year-old Brodeur has stopped all but one of 43 shots through two games, including a 24-save performance in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Philadelphia.
"It shows how good an athlete he is," right wing David Clarkson said. "Marty is one of the best athletes I've played with. It's impressive to see him at that age doing what he's doing and having fun doing it. He makes us a better team every night."
Brodeur, however, has allowed three goals in each of his last three starts against Washington (0-3-0), winning only once. Still, he's expected to be back in net, while DeBoer contemplates changes elsewhere.
"We've won two in a row so any changes you make you're not going to make lightly," DeBoer told the team's official website.
The move may include putting Mattias Tedenby on the top line with Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk, while Dainius Zubrus joins Clarkson and Patrik Elias.
"Zubie brings a lot of size, he's tough to , he's great at protecting pucks, and he's a smart player," Zajac said. "With Teddy, you get a lot of that creativity, the skills. He's dangerous with the puck at all times."
Tedenby and Zubrus have managed an assist each so far. Clarkson and Zajac lead the team with two goals while Kovalchuk has one. All three scored Tuesday.
Zubrus had a goal and an assist to spark a 5-0 win in the most recent meeting with the Capitals in Newark on March 2.
Zajac, who missed that meeting with a sore Achilles tendon, has 10 points in the past nine home matchups.
New Jersey could be in for another strong offensive showing since the Caps have allowed 14 goals - seven on the power play - to rank among the league's worst defensive teams.
Oates is in his first season behind Washington's bench after spending two as an assistant with the Devils, helping them reach the Stanley Cup finals last spring.
The Capitals, though, are off to their worst start since dropping their first six games in 1993-94.
"I would say some of our mistakes are pure effort," Oates said. "It's very upsetting. I'm not pushing the panic button, but obviously it's upsetting. ... You've got to really want to do it."
Washington lost 4-1 at home to Montreal on Thursday and was booed off the ice.
"Embarrassing is almost the right term right now. Pathetic is probably a better one," right wing Troy Brouwer said. "We've got to turn something around, and we've got to do it fast. ... We've got to find a way to get some enthusiasm, get some passion in our game right now."
Alex Ovechkin is off to his worst start, failing to score in three games. He's only managed one goal while adding four assists in the past seven meetings with the Devils.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 8:16:16 AM EST|