|9||WASHINGTON||+100||Ov 5.5,-105||-110||Ov 5.5,-110|
|10||TORONTO||-120||Un 5.5,-115||-110||Un 5.5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||0-3-0||-3||0-3||-3||1-2||2.3||30.3||4.0||32.0|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-4||1-4||-4||1-4||2.0||31.2||3.2||29.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||6||13||5||3||5||0||0||186||7.0%||25||4||16.0%||24|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3||7||3||2||2||0||0||91||7.7%||14||2||14.3%||12|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||4||1||5||0||0||156||6.4%||21||3||14.3%||18|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||22||6||9||6||1||0||181||12.2%||30||9||30.0%||41|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||12||3||3||5||1||0||96||12.5%||17||5||29.4%||21|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||4||8||3||1||0||147||10.9%||23||6||26.1%||31|
|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)||4||4||108||96||88.9%||0||1-3||-2.3||1-3-0||-2||0-4|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Road Games)||2||2||62||56||90.3%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||108||96||88.9%||0||1-3||-2.3||1-3-0||-2||0-4|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||0-2-0||-2.4||0-2||-2.4||1-1||2.5||39.0||4.5||27.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.3||2-3||-0.3||4-1||3.2||28.6||3.8||31.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||6||18||7||6||4||1||0||169||10.7%||31||5||16.1%||32|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2||5||3||0||2||0||0||78||6.4%||12||1||8.3%||9|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||6||5||4||1||0||143||11.2%||26||3||11.5%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||20||4||6||10||0||2||180||11.1%||20||4||20.0%||33|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||9||2||3||4||0||1||54||16.7%||5||1||20.0%||12|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||19||4||6||9||0||2||158||12.0%||15||3||20.0%||31|
|JAMES REIMER (All Games)||4||3||111||101||91.0%||0||2-1||+2||2-1-0||+2||3-0|
|JAMES REIMER (Home Games)||1||0||8||7||87.5%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JAMES REIMER (Last 4 Games)||4||3||111||101||91.0%||0||2-1||+2||2-1-0||+2||3-0|
|BEN SCRIVENS (All Games)||3||3||67||59||88.1%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|BEN SCRIVENS (Home Games)||2||2||45||38||84.4%||0||0-2||-2.4||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|BEN SCRIVENS (Last 4 Games)||3||3||67||59||88.1%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 3.27, TORONTO 3.07|
|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||2-3||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|2/7/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|1/19/2013||at MONTREAL||2-1||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/21/2013||BUFFALO||1-2||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/23/2013||at PITTSBURGH||5-2||W||0, +170||W||6 un||O|
|1/24/2013||NY ISLANDERS||4-7||L||0, -105||L||5.5 ev||O|
|1/26/2013||at NY RANGERS||2-5||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/29/2013||at BUFFALO||4-3||W||0, +135||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|2/7/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|2/9/2013||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: 35-37-10, 80 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 13th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Randy Carlyle, 2nd season with Leafs, 6-9-3; 8th overall, 279-191-64 in NHL.
ADDED: LW James van Riemsdyk, C Jay McClement.
LOST: RW Colby Armstrong, D Luke Schenn, G Jonas Gustavsson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: The focus in Toronto continues to be on the turnstile in goal, a position that's been unsettled since Curtis Joseph led the Leafs to their last playoff berth in 2004 (yes, two NHL lockouts ago). Unless the Maple Leafs do go ahead and make a push to trade for Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, they'll settle on the tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens.
OUTLOOK: Unsettled as usual. The Maple Leafs couldn't even get out of the lockout without making headlines by firing GM Brian Burke last week. Toronto has more than enough offensive punch, particularly with the addition of van Riemsdyk. The question always remains whether they have enough defense and goaltending to end what's now a seven-season playoff drought.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Capitals-Maple Leafs Preview* ==============================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Washington (1-4-1) at Toronto (3-3-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Toronto Maple Leafs have earned all of their points on the road.
They'll try to change that Thursday night when they face a Washington Capitals team off to its worst start in nine years.
After getting outscored 8-1 in the third period of its previous two games - both three-goal losses - Toronto improved to 3-1-0 as the road team with a 4-3 overtime victory over Buffalo on Tuesday.
Matt Frattin scored his second goal of the game with 1.5 seconds left in the extra period.
"I think we just try to come out quick (on the road) and try and get the crowd out of it," said Frattin, who has netted three goals since being called up from the AHL last Thursday. "That's something we need to do in every building we go into."
That includes Air Canada Centre, where the Maple Leafs (3-3-0) will play their next three before opening a three-game trip Tuesday against Washington (1-4-1). Ben Scrivens has given up nine goals in Toronto's two home losses, so coach Randy Carlyle may give James Reimer the nod following Tuesday's 29-save performance.
"Reims is playing really solid for us," captain Dion Phaneuf said. "... He's been there to make the saves when we've had letdowns and breakdowns."
Reimer, though, went 0-2-0 with a 4.09 goals-against average last season versus Washington, which won three of four matchups in this series.
The Capitals have points in 11 of their last 13 games against the Maple Leafs, but they make their only visit to Toronto this season on the heels of Tuesday's 3-2 loss at Ottawa. Washington was in good position to build on Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Sabres but couldn't hold an early two-goal lead.
"We took a lot of momentum out of our last game," said center Matt Hendricks, who scored 4:38 after Troy Brouwer's goal in the first period. "... We expected that momentum to continue, and I think it did for 40 minutes. It's almost hard to take a deep breath in this league."
That's especially true given the condensed 48-game schedule. The Capitals, whose start is their worst since winning once in their first nine games of 2003-04, need to get Alex Ovechkin more involved in rookie coach Adam Oates' offense. The two-time Hart Trophy winner is averaging a career-low 3.3 shots and has one goal, which came Sunday, along with one assist.
Prior to this season, Ovechkin never had fewer than four points in his first six games.
If Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel doesn't score Thursday, it will be the first time he's gone his first seven games without a goal.
Kessel and defenseman Cody Franson, who had a goal and an assist Tuesday, each scored twice last season versus Washington.
Michal Neuvirth has done a decent job in net the last four games, but with a three-game homestand starting Friday against Philadelphia, Oates could give the nod to Braden Holtby.
Holtby, who hasn't played since giving up 10 goals in the Capitals' first two games, made 35 saves in his only start against the Maple Leafs, a 4-1 road victory Jan. 22, 2011.
A winner of three of four in Toronto, Washington is trying to avoid opening with four straight road losses for the first time since 1993-94.
The last time the Maple Leafs failed to win one of their first three home games was 2009-10 (0-4-2).
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 5:59:49 AM EST|