|13||WASHINGTON||+130||Ov 5.5,+100||+135||Ov 5.5,+100|
|14||OTTAWA||-150||Un 5.5,-120||-155||Un 5.5,-120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||0-2-0||-2||0-2||-2||1-1||2.5||29.0||4.5||34.5|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-4||1-4||-4||2-3||2.2||30.6||3.8||30.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||5||11||3||3||5||0||0||153||7.2%||23||4||17.4%||20|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2||5||1||2||2||0||0||58||8.6%||12||2||16.7%||8|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||3||3||5||0||0||153||7.2%||23||4||17.4%||20|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||19||6||8||4||1||0||154||12.3%||26||8||30.8%||36|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||9||3||2||3||1||0||69||13.0%||13||4||30.8%||16|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||19||6||8||4||1||0||154||12.3%||26||8||30.8%||36|
|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)||3||3||81||72||88.9%||0||1-2||-1.3||1-2-0||-1||0-3|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Road Games)||1||1||35||32||91.4%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)||3||3||81||72||88.9%||0||1-2||-1.3||1-2-0||-1||0-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-1-0||-0.1||1-1||-0.1||0-2||2.5||34.5||1.0||32.5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.9||3-2||+0.9||1-4||3.2||35.8||2.0||30.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||5||16||3||8||5||0||1||179||8.9%||15||4||26.7%||26|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2||5||1||2||2||0||0||69||7.2%||6||1||16.7%||8|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||3||8||5||0||1||179||8.9%||15||4||26.7%||26|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||10||4||2||3||1||2||150||6.7%||23||3||13.0%||16|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||2||1||0||0||1||1||65||3.1%||8||0||0.0%||1|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||4||2||3||1||2||150||6.7%||23||3||13.0%||16|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (All Games)||4||4||119||116||97.5%||1||3-1||+1.9||3-1-0||+2||0-4|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (Home Games)||2||2||65||64||98.5%||1||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||119||116||97.5%||1||3-1||+1.9||3-1-0||+2||0-4|
|BEN BISHOP (All Games)||1||1||30||25||83.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|BEN BISHOP (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BEN BISHOP (Last 4 Games)||1||1||30||25||83.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ROBIN LEHNER (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 3.27, OTTAWA 2.95|
|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|
|1/27/2013||BUFFALO||3-2||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/29/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|1/31/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|2/7/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|1/19/2013||at WINNIPEG||4-1||W||0, +105||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/21/2013||FLORIDA||4-0||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||at FLORIDA||3-1||W||0, -135||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/25/2013||at TAMPA BAY||4-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||PITTSBURGH||1-2||L||0, -110||L||5.5 ov||U|
|2/1/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|2/3/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
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.
LAST SEASON: 41-31-10, 92 points. Lost to New York Rangers 4-3 in first round
COACH: Paul MacLean, 2nd season with Senators and NHL, 41-31-10.
ADDED: RW Guillaume Latendresse, D Marc Methot, D Mike Lundin.
LOST: LW Nick Foligno, C Zenon Konopka, LW Nikita Filatov, D Matt Carkner, D Filip Kuba.
PLAYER TO WATCH: D Erik Karlsson's continued emergence as the NHL's top play-making defenseman. The 22-year-old Swede won his first Norris Trophy in only his second NHL season after leading all blue-liners with 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists).
OUTLOOK: A surprising run to the playoffs led to captain Daniel Alfredsson's decision to put off retirement for at least one more season. The Senators have the capacity to build on last year under the firm direction of MacLean, the longtime Red Wings' assistant, who had an impressive debut as a first-time head coach.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-OTTAWA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Capitals-Senators Preview* ===========================
By CHRIS ALTRUDA STATS Editor
Washington (1-3-1) at Ottawa (3-1-1), 7:30 p.m. EDT
Alex Ovechkin's return to his usual spot led to his first goal and a first victory for the Washington Capitals in this shortened season.
With some of the pressure off, Ovechkin and the visiting Capitals try to further that momentum Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators, who are trying to get back to their winning ways themselves.
Much was made of the star Russian's early season struggles as first-year coach Adam Oates flipped Ovechkin to right wing. His lack of offense the first four games - Ovechkin had only one assist - combined with Washington's porous defense in being outscored 19-8 in an 0-3-1 start had intensified the pressure on the team given the 48-game schedule.
But a vintage Ovechkin goal, a one-timer from the left circle off a pass from defenseman Mike Green on the power play early in the third period, proved to be the winner in Sunday's 3-2 victory over Buffalo. The goal brought a much-needed positive vibe for the Capitals (1-3-1) ahead of their two-game swing through Ontario that concludes Thursday at Toronto.
"We finally win, so it's much, much better for us," said Ovechkin, who has 18 goals and 34 points in 26 lifetime games versus the Senators. "There's no pressure on our shoulders now ... 5-on-5, we played much better right now."
That disciplined even-strength play was apparent as Washington successfully killed off its only two penalties. The Capitals had given opponents at least five power plays in each of the first four games and conceded eight goals in 24 short-handed situations in their slow start.
Oates plans on keeping Ovechkin at left wing to get his best player on track. Mike Ribeiro, who had two assists Sunday, has a team-high six points while Joel Ward has scored three of Washington's 11 goals.
As Washington appears to have righted itself, Ottawa (3-1-1) is trying to regroup after back-to-back losses following a fast start. The Senators did salvage a point in their last game, a 2-1 loss Sunday at home to Pittsburgh as Craig Anderson had 33 saves before failing to stop James Neal, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the three shootout rounds.
"We did what we had to do to get a point, I thought we did more than enough offensively in the shootout to get the second, and I'm not happy with my performance in the shootout," said Anderson, whose team scored twice in the shootout.
Anderson, who has a 3-0-1 record with a 0.74 goals-against average, is expected to start. He went 1-1-1 with a 3.01 GAA in three starts versus Washington last season and made 33 saves in a 5-2 home victory Feb. 22 in the most recent matchup.
First-line center Jason Spezza has registered a point in all five games this season but has not scored a goal in his last seven against the Capitals. Norris Trophy winner and Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, though, had two goals and three assists in the final three games between the teams in 2011-12.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 5:41:40 AM EST|