|51||PITTSBURGH||-125||Ov 5.5,+110||-130||Ov 5.5,+105|
|52||WASHINGTON||+105||Un 5.5,-130||+110||Un 5.5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4-1-0||+2.6||4-1||+2.6||2-3||3.2||32.8||1.8||30.6|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||-0.4||3-2||-0.4||2-3||2.6||33.2||2.0||26.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||8||24||10||4||9||1||3||262||9.2%||31||6||19.4%||36|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5||16||9||1||5||1||3||164||9.8%||20||5||25.0%||23|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||4||2||6||1||1||166||7.8%||18||1||5.6%||20|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||19||2||12||5||0||1||217||8.8%||29||5||17.2%||31|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||9||1||5||3||0||1||153||5.9%||17||2||11.8%||15|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||1||8||1||0||1||132||7.6%||12||3||25.0%||16|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||5||5||116||104||89.7%||0||3-2||-1||3-2-0||-1||2-3|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Road Games)||2||2||59||57||96.6%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||89||78||87.6%||0||2-2||-2||2-2-0||-2||2-2|
|BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRAD THIESSEN (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)||4||3||100||94||94.0%||0||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||+1||2-1|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Road Games)||3||3||93||87||93.5%||0||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||+1||2-1|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||100||94||94.0%||0||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||+1||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-2-0||-1||2-2||-1||1-3||2.2||30.2||3.0||29.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.1||2-3||-1.1||0-5||2.4||27.8||2.6||31.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||8||18||6||5||7||0||0||234||7.7%||33||5||15.2%||31|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||4||9||2||2||5||0||0||121||7.4%||16||2||12.5%||15|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||4||3||5||0||0||139||8.6%||21||3||14.3%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||27||7||10||9||1||0||252||10.7%||41||10||24.4%||50|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||12||3||7||2||0||0||116||10.3%||16||4||25.0%||24|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||3||3||6||1||0||157||8.3%||23||3||13.0%||24|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)||3||3||104||92||88.5%||0||1-2||-1.7||1-2-0||-2||2-1|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)||2||2||70||64||91.4%||0||1-1||-0.6||1-1-0||-1||1-1|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||3||3||104||92||88.5%||0||1-2||-1.7||1-2-0||-2||2-1|
|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: PITTSBURGH 3, WASHINGTON 3.02|
|1/19/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-1||W||0, -125||W||6 ov||U|
|1/20/2013||at NY RANGERS||6-3||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||TORONTO||2-5||L||0, -200||L||6 un||O|
|1/25/2013||at WINNIPEG||2-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||at OTTAWA||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/29/2013||NY ISLANDERS||1-4||L||0, -200||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/31/2013||at NY RANGERS||3-0||W||0, +100||W|| ||U|
|2/2/2013||NEW JERSEY||5-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|2/5/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/9/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/10/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|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|
|2/1/2013||PHILADELPHIA||3-2||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|2/12/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|2/14/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
LAST SEASON: 51-25-6, 108 points. Lost to Philadelphia 4-2 in first round.
COACH: Dan Bylsma, 5th season with Penguins, 165-81-25.
ADDED: C Brandon Sutter, G Tomas Vokoun, LW Tanner Glass.
LOST: C Jordan Staal, RW Steve Sullivan, G Brent Johnson, RW Arron Asham, D Zbynek Michalek.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Sidney Crosby. The 25-year-old superstar appears to be fully recovered from concussion-like symptoms that limited him to just 22 games last season. He should be back in his comfort zone with linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz along for the ride. If healthy, he's the game's greatest playmaker.
OUTLOOK: With Crosby and reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin in their primes, anything less than a Stanley Cup will be considered a disappointment.
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 (PITTSBURGH-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates with Erskine suspended)
*Penguins-Capitals Preview* ===========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (4-3-0) at Washington (2-5-1), 12:30 p.m. EDT
The Washington Capitals have experienced their share of struggles early in the season, but that hasn't been the case in recent matchups with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sidney Crosby and company have been pretty solid on the road, though.
Washington looks to gain at least a point for the 16th time in the last 17 meetings as Pittsburgh seeks its fifth victory in six road games Sunday.
The Capitals (2-5-1) haven't gotten off to an ideal start in the lockout-shortened 48-game season, dropping six of their first seven games before Friday's 3-2 home win over Philadelphia.
Washington held 2-1 leads heading into the third period of 3-2 losses at Ottawa on Tuesday and at Toronto on Thursday.
"I think the last couple of games in the third period we seemed to break down and get away from what we want to be doing," said Wojtek Wolski, who scored his second goal Friday.
Both of the Capitals' wins have come at home, where Alex Ovechkin has two of his three total points. Though he's gotten off to a slow start and didn't record a point against the Flyers, coach Adam Oates was encouraged by Ovechkin's effort.
"I thought it was the best game he's played this year," Oates said. "He was involved the whole game. He had a lot of opportunities."
Ovechkin had a goal and two assists before Evgeni Malkin scored in overtime as the Penguins beat the visiting Capitals 4-3 in the most recent meeting Jan. 22, 2012. Ovechkin, however, has failed to record a point in the last four home meetings.
Washington, though, is 12-1-3 in the last 16 regular-season meetings and will look to slow down a Pittsburgh team that has won four of its five road games.
The Penguins (5-3-0) are coming off a 5-1 home victory over New Jersey on Saturday, as Crosby and Chris Kunitz each had a goal and two assists while linemate Pascal Dupuis also had a pair of assists.
"We were skating well. I think that was a big part of it and keeping it pretty simple, but the first shift out there we were buzzing pretty well," Crosby told the team's official website of his line's effort. "I think as a group we all made it easier on each other, not just our line, but as a five-man unit out there."
Brandon Sutter scored his first goal since being acquired from Carolina in the Jordan Staal trade on draft night, with Malkin and Crosby getting the assists.
"I've had a few chances the last few games and I've been getting robbed a little bit, so it's nice to get the monkey off the back and get the first one," Sutter said.
Malkin has one of his two goals and six of his eight assists on the road, but he hasn't scored a goal in his last nine regular-season games at Washington. Crosby, though, has 15 goals and 10 assists in 16 career games, including playoffs, at the Verizon Center.
Tomas Vokoun, who went 25-17-2 with a 2.51 goals-against average in 46 starts and two relief appearances during his only season with the Capitals in 2011-12, will get the start against his former team Sunday. He has a 1.81 GAA in four games - three starts - with the Penguins, including a 28-save effort in a 3-0 win at the New York Rangers on Thursday.
Braden Holtby, who has a 4.02 GAA in his three starts thus far, will make his first career appearance in net against Pittsburgh.
Washington, though, won't have defenseman John Erskine, who will begin serving a three-game suspension for elbowing Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds in the face.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 6:45:51 AM EST|