|53||PHILADELPHIA||+100||Ov 5.5,-105||-120||Ov 5.5,-105|
|54||WASHINGTON||-120||Un 5.5,-115||+100||Un 5.5,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-4-0||-3.1||1-4||-3.1||2-2||2.2||26.2||3.2||30.4|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.1||2-3||-1.1||1-3||2.2||27.0||2.4||26.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||7||14||4||7||3||0||0||191||7.3%||37||5||13.5%||25|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5||11||4||4||3||0||0||131||8.4%||29||4||13.8%||19|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||4||4||3||0||0||135||8.1%||28||4||14.3%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||20||9||4||7||0||2||198||10.1%||31||10||32.3%||32|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||16||7||4||5||0||1||152||10.5%||24||7||29.2%||27|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||6||3||3||0||0||130||9.2%||22||5||22.7%||19|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (All Games)||6||6||170||157||92.4%||1||2-4||-2.1||2-4-0||-2||2-4|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (Road Games)||4||4||125||115||92.0%||1||1-3||-2.1||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||104||97||93.3%||1||2-2||-0.1||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|MICHAEL LEIGHTON (All Games)||1||1||26||21||80.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|MICHAEL LEIGHTON (Road Games)||1||1||26||21||80.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|MICHAEL LEIGHTON (Last 4 Games)||1||1||26||21||80.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-2-0||-2||1-2||-2||1-2||2.0||31.7||3.3||28.3|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.4||1-4||-3.4||0-5||2.0||28.8||3.0||29.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||7||15||6||4||5||0||0||208||7.2%||28||5||17.9%||28|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3||6||2||1||3||0||0||95||6.3%||11||2||18.2%||12|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||4||2||4||0||0||144||6.9%||20||3||15.0%||18|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||25||7||9||8||1||0||221||11.3%||38||10||26.3%||46|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||10||3||6||1||0||0||85||11.8%||13||4||30.8%||20|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||3||6||5||1||0||148||10.1%||26||5||19.2%||28|
|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)||5||5||148||133||89.9%||0||1-4||-3.4||1-4-0||-3||0-5|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Home Games)||2||2||46||40||87.0%||0||1-1||-0.3||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||126||115||91.3%||0||1-3||-2.1||1-3-0||-2||0-4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PHILADELPHIA 3.22, WASHINGTON 3.1|
|1/19/2013||PITTSBURGH||1-3||L||0, +105||L||6 ov||U|
|1/20/2013||at BUFFALO||2-5||L||0, +120||L||5.5 ev||O|
|1/22/2013||at NEW JERSEY||0-3||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||NY RANGERS||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||at FLORIDA||7-1||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/27/2013||at TAMPA BAY||1-5||L||0, +125||L||6 un||P|
|1/29/2013||at NY RANGERS||1-2||L||0, +145||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|2/5/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|2/11/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|2/12/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|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||2-3||L||0, -110||L||5.5 ov||U|
|2/7/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|2/12/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
LAST SEASON:47-26-9,103 points. Lost to New Jersey Devils 4-1 in second round.
COACH: Peter Laviolette, 4th season with Flyers, 122-73-26; 11th season overall, 366-257-25-60 in NHL.
ADDED: D Luke Schenn, LW Ruslan Fedotenko, D Bruno Gervais.
LOST: RW Jaromir Jagr, G Sergei Bobrovsky, RW James van Riemsdyk, D Matt Carle, D Pavel Kubina
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov made few fans in his first season in Philadelphia with his quirky personality and erratic play. He had his moments of proving he was worth the $51 million, nine-year deal he signed, but he'll need more of them in the playoffs to win a Stanley Cup.
OUTLOOK: The Flyers have one of the best players in the game in team captain Claude Giroux, but the thin defense needs improvement and Bryzgalov has to improve if Philadelphia is going win its first Stanley Cup since 1975.
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 (PHILADELPHIA-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Flyers-Capitals Preview* =========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Philadelphia (2-5-0) at Washington (1-4-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT
While the Philadelphia Flyers haven't been able to generate much offense, coach Peter Laviolette is hoping a tweak to his top line will help do the trick.
The Eastern Conference-worst Washington Capitals could surely use some change.
Hoping to avoid a third consecutive loss, the Flyers conclude a four-game road trip Friday night seeking a fourth straight win over the Capitals.
After following up an 0-3-0 start with back-to-back wins, Philadelphia's woes resumed in its last two games. The Flyers (2-5-0) couldn't keep up in Sunday's 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay, then suffered a 2-1 defeat to the New York Rangers two nights later.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 26 saves, dropping to 2-4-0 despite a 2.19 goals-against average. Kimmo Timonen, meanwhile, provided the team's lone goal, scoring 7:09 into the third period as Philadelphia scored one or less for the fourth time in seven games.
The power play hasn't been much help to the struggling offense, converting 5 of 37 overall and 2 of 27 during the losses.
"It's like a pitcher who goes out on the mound and doesn't get the run support he needs to win a game," Laviolette told the team's official website. "I feel like there are some areas we can be better in that can help our team be more successful."
Danny Briere's move to the top line could help the Flyers do just that. Laviolette made the change after Briere, who matched a regular-season career high with 10 shots Tuesday, impressed while skating alongside Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds in the third period.
"It's a nice compliment," Laviolette said of putting Briere and Giroux together. "One guy sees the ice really well and the other knows how to put the puck in the net. I think a lot of players want to play with Claude because of how he sees the ice and makes plays, then you have a natural goal scorer in Danny \2026 it could be a good fit."
While the Flyers are optimistic about getting things turned around, frustrations are likely starting to take their toll on the Capitals (1-5-1), who blew two one-goal leads Thursday in a 3-2 loss at Toronto. Joel Ward and Alex Ovechkin both scored but Washington was outshot 40-22.
"It was the early penalties that cost us," said coach Adam Oates, whose team killed seven of eight penalties. "You spend so much energy killing penalties, you lose some of your juice later in the game."
Michal Neuvirth made 37 saves Thursday, falling to 1-3-1 with a 2.98 GAA. He's 1-1-1 with a 2.88 GAA lifetime versus Philadelphia.
Braden Holtby is 1-0-1 with a 1.43 GAA in two career matchups against the Flyers.
Bryzgalov has allowed a combined two goals while starting each of the last three games in this series, including a 34-save shutout during Philadelphia's most recent visit to Washington on March 4.
The Flyers are 5-1-1 in their last seven matchups against the Capitals, but four of those wins have come by one goal.
Veteran forward Mike Knuble, who signed with Philadelphia last week after spending the previous three seasons with Washington, has one assist in three games since debuting Saturday.
Ovechkin has 23 goals and 15 assists in 26 career contests against the Flyers. Giroux has scored in five of his last meetings with the Capitals, adding one assist.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 6:26:18 PM EST|