|1||BUFFALO||+100||Ov 5.5,+105||+115||Ov 5.5,+105|
|2||WASHINGTON||-120||Un 5.5,-125||-135||Un 5.5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-1-0||+0.1||1-1||+0.1||1-1||2.5||26.5||3.5||36.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-2-0||-0.4||2-2||-0.4||2-2||2.7||33.7||3.0||35.7|
|Team Stats (All Games)||4||11||2||4||5||0||1||135||8.1%||19||4||21.1%||20|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2||5||1||3||1||0||0||53||9.4%||9||0||0.0%||9|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||4||11||2||4||5||0||1||135||8.1%||19||4||21.1%||20|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||12||0||6||6||0||2||144||8.3%||20||4||20.0%||17|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||7||0||4||3||0||1||73||9.6%||11||1||9.1%||9|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||0||6||6||0||2||143||8.4%||20||4||20.0%||17|
|JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)||1||1||37||32||86.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Road Games)||1||1||37||32||86.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)||1||1||37||32||86.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|RYAN MILLER (All Games)||3||3||105||100||95.2%||0||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||0||1-2|
|RYAN MILLER (Road Games)||1||1||35||34||97.1%||0||1-0||+1.1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)||3||3||105||100||95.2%||0||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||0||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||0-2-0||-3||0-2||-3||1-1||1.5||32.5||4.0||30.5|
|Last 5 Games||0-4-0||-5||0-4||-5||2-2||2.0||30.7||4.2||32.5|
|Team Stats (All Games)||4||8||2||2||4||0||0||123||6.5%||20||3||15.0%||14|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2||3||1||0||2||0||0||65||4.6%||8||1||12.5%||6|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||4||8||2||2||4||0||0||123||6.5%||20||3||15.0%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||17||5||8||3||1||0||130||13.1%||24||8||33.3%||32|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||8||2||6||0||0||0||61||13.1%||11||4||36.4%||16|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||5||8||3||1||0||130||13.1%||24||8||33.3%||32|
|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)||2||2||57||50||87.7%||0||0-2||-2.3||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Home Games)||1||1||22||18||81.8%||0||0-1||-1.3||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)||2||2||57||50||87.7%||0||0-2||-2.3||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 2.74, WASHINGTON 3.26|
|1/20/2013||PHILADELPHIA||5-2||W||0, -140||W||5.5 ev||O|
|1/21/2013||at TORONTO||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||at CAROLINA||3-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/25/2013||CAROLINA||1-3||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/27/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|1/31/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|2/2/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|2/5/2013||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|
|1/24/2013||MONTREAL||1-4||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/25/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-3||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/29/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|1/31/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|2/7/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
LAST SEASON: 39-32-11, 89 points. Missed playoffs by finishing ninth in Eastern Conference
COACH: Lindy Ruff, 15th season with Sabres and NHL, 565-422-161.
ADDED: C Steve Ott, LW John Scott, D Adam Pardy, rookie C Mikhail Grigorenko.
LOST: C Derek Roy, RW Brad Boyes.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Grigorenko, 18-year-old Russian-born first-round draft pick, who will be given opportunity to immediately make Sabres roster. Skilled, playmaking center already has 29 goals, 21 assists for 50 points in 30 games for Patrick Roy-coached Quebec of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.
OUTLOOK: Sabres counting on additions of grit (Ott, Scott) and skill - including late-season acquisition of C Cody Hodgson - to improve high-priced under-achieving lineup that was one of NHL's biggest busts last year. Must stay healthy and get consistent goaltending from Ryan Miller, and steady production from top-two lines to start matching free-spending owner Terry Pegula's objective to deliver a winner.
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 (BUFFALO-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sabres-Capitals Preview* =========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Buffalo (2-2-0) at Washington (0-3-1), 3:00 p.m. EDT
After finally earning their first point, the Washington Capitals believe they might be on the verge of ending the club's worst start in almost two decades.
In danger of opening 0-3 at home for the first time in 29 years, the Capitals continue the search for their first victory while trying to hand the visiting Buffalo Sabres a third consecutive defeat Sunday.
Though Washington (0-3-1) went winless in its first six games (0-3-1 with two ties) in 2000-01, it has not dropped five straight to open a season since going 0-6 in 1993-94. However, the Capitals are optimistic their current slide won't reach that point after showing some fight in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss at New Jersey.
Mike Ribeiro and Mike Green each scored third-period goals to help Washington rally from a 2-0 deficit. Despite being outshot 8-1 in the extra session before Ilya Kovalchuk netted the winner at 4:39, the Capitals feel they have plenty to build on.
"You have to take the positives," first-year Washington coach Adam Oates said. "The first question was you haven't played for 60 minutes. We did (Friday). There were a lot of growing pains, but the guys did their job. You obviously want the win but we did a lot of good things."
Though the Capitals are 1 for 12 on the power play over the last two games, they killed five of six penalties Friday and played better overall defense after half of the 14 goals they yielded in the first three contests came while a man down.
"I think we have a better idea after this game of how we can win," said Ribeiro, who has had a hand in four of the Capitals' eight goals.
Superstar Alex Ovechkin, meanwhile, remains mired in the worst start to his stellar career even after a move from right wing back to the left side. Ovechkin has recorded at least 32 goals in his first seven seasons but has one assist through four games.
He has four goals and three assists in his last six games versus Buffalo, but was held without a point when the Sabres snapped a five-game road skid against the Capitals with a 5-1 victory March 27.
While Washington tries to avoid starting 0-3 at home for the first time since 1983-84, Buffalo (2-2-0) hopes to get back on track by carrying over its series success after winning three of four last season.
The Sabres allowed three goals in starting 2-0, but gave up nine while being swept in a home-and-home with Carolina. One night after Jhonas Enroth was battered in a 6-3 loss at Carolina, Ryan Miller could not hold a 1-0 third-period lead in Friday's 3-1 defeat.
"You want to win these games or at least get to overtime," said Miller, who is 2-1-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average.
Miller snapped his own four-game road losing streak against the Capitals when he made a season-high 44 saves in March.
Buffalo's Thomas Vanek scored Friday to continue his hot start and tied a team record with nine points (three goals and six assists) in four games. However, Vanek was whistled for a costly cross-checking penalty with 2:09 left that ultimately led to Jeff Skinner's empty-net power-play goal.
"He's played awesome," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "But you can't let your frustration get the best of you. We need him out there, need him late."
Vanek has four goals and five assists in an eight-game point streak versus Washington.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 8:11:24 PM EST|