|57||WASHINGTON||+175||Ov 5.5,-120||+175||Ov 5.5,-120|
|58||PITTSBURGH||-205||Un 5.5,+100||-205||Un 5.5,+100|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||0-4-0||-4.2||0-4||-4.2||1-3||2.2||28.2||3.7||34.0|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.7||1-4||-3.7||1-4||2.4||26.2||3.4||29.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||10||23||8||6||9||0||0||284||8.1%||40||8||20.0%||40|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4||9||4||3||2||0||0||113||8.0%||17||3||17.6%||16|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||5||3||4||0||0||131||9.2%||17||4||23.5%||20|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||36||11||14||10||1||0||299||12.0%||47||12||25.5%||65|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||15||4||3||7||1||0||136||11.0%||25||6||24.0%||26|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||5||6||6||0||0||145||11.7%||21||4||19.0%||29|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)||4||4||130||112||86.2%||0||1-3||-2.7||1-3-0||-3||3-1|
|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)||4||4||130||112||86.2%||0||1-3||-2.7||1-3-0||-3||3-1|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)||6||6||169||151||89.3%||0||1-5||-5||1-5-0||-5||0-6|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Road Games)||3||3||102||93||91.2%||0||0-3||-3.1||0-3-0||-3||0-3|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||112||101||90.2%||0||1-3||-2.7||1-3-0||-3||0-4|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-2-0||-3||1-2||-3||2-1||2.7||32.7||3.3||21.3|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2||4-1||+2||3-2||3.8||29.8||2.0||25.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||10||34||13||8||12||1||4||314||10.8%||37||9||24.3%||52|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3||8||1||3||4||0||0||98||8.2%||11||1||9.1%||13|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||4||6||9||0||1||149||12.8%||18||4||22.2%||32|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||24||3||13||8||0||1||275||8.7%||40||6||15.0%||40|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||10||1||7||2||0||0||64||15.6%||12||3||25.0%||16|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||2||5||3||0||0||126||7.9%||19||3||15.8%||17|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||6||6||150||136||90.7%||0||4-2||0||4-2-0||0||3-3|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Home Games)||3||3||57||47||82.5%||0||1-2||-3||1-2-0||-3||2-1|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||99||91||91.9%||0||3-1||+1||3-1-0||+1||2-2|
|BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRAD THIESSEN (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)||5||4||124||115||92.7%||0||3-1||+1.6||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Home Games)||1||0||7||7||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||90||84||93.3%||0||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||+1||2-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 3.09, PITTSBURGH 2.91|
|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|
|2/3/2013||PITTSBURGH||3-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||TORONTO||2-3||L||0, -160||L||5.5 ev||U|
|2/7/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|2/12/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|2/14/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|2/17/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|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||6-3||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/9/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/10/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/15/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|2/17/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
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: 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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Capitals-Penguins Preview* ===========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Washington (2-7-1) at Pittsburgh (7-3-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT
Aside from a brief scare when Sidney Crosby went down in their last game, the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't shown signs of slowing down offensively.
If their recent meeting with Washington is any indication, Chris Kunitz may play a role in keeping things rolling against a Capitals team that has the fewest points in the NHL.
The Penguins try to win their fifth straight game on Thursday night when they look to beat the visiting Capitals for the second time in five days.
Pittsburgh (7-3-0) enters this game as the NHL's second-highest scoring team, with its 33 goals trailing only Tampa Bay's 40.
The Penguins matched their season-best scoring outburst with a 6-3 win at Washington to open a brief two-game trip on Sunday before beating the New York Islanders 4-2 on Tuesday.
Despite having two goals in 13 previous meetings, Kunitz appeared to be unstoppable against the Capitals as he ended up with a career-high four goals - one of which was awarded Monday after initially being credited to Paul Martin.
Kunitz has five goals and three assists in his last three games after having one and three in his first seven.
Pittsburgh is also expected to have Crosby in the lineup despite its captain being struck in the face by the puck in the second period on Tuesday.
Crosby returned to the ice after only a couple minutes, but had a swollen nose that was still bleeding after the game.
"Nice surprise," said Crosby, who has six assists in his last three games. "I'm glad that it's not broken."
The Penguins also seem to be getting their struggling power play worked out, converting 3 of 6 chances in the last two games after a 1-for-18 stretch over the previous five. They went 2 for 3 - with Kunitz scoring both - against Washington.
Pittsburgh, however, will face goalie Michal Neuvirth in this meeting after beating Braden Holtby for six goals on Sunday.
Neuvirth is 1-4-1 with a 2.99 goals-against average this season, but has a 1.46 GAA with two shutouts while splitting four career starts against the Penguins.
"He's played pretty good and we need a goalie to have a good game, and I think it's going to be Michal," coach Adam Oates told the team's official website.
The Capitals (2-7-1) dropped their second straight and fourth in five games with a 3-2 home loss to Toronto on Tuesday. They're also 0-3-1 on the road as they begin a stretch of four of five away from Washington.
"It's tough to keep our confidence up," Oates said.
With his team near the bottom of the Eastern Conference at 2.3 goals per game, Oates has to find a way to get stars Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom going after slow starts.
Ovechkin has 10 goals and nine assists in his last 10 trips to Pittsburgh - including the postseason - but has just two goals and three assists this season.
Backstrom has scored only once, but he has recorded a point in five consecutive games.
Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist in the first meeting with the Penguins, and could be starting to heat up after adding another goal against the Maple Leafs.
While the Capitals faced Tomas Vokoun in the first meeting, they could see Marc-Andre Fleury this time around.
Fleury has allowed a total of three goals in his last two starts and has a 1.51 GAA in his last four starts against the Capitals.
The Penguins snapped an eight-game regular-season home winless streak against Washington with a 4-3 victory Jan. 22, 2012, in the most recent meeting in Pittsburgh.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 9:30:50 AM EST|