|63||FLORIDA||+115||Ov 5.5,+105||+110||Ov 5.5,+115|
|64||WASHINGTON||-135||Un 5.5,-125||-130||Un 5.5,-135|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-4-0||-1.5||2-4||-1.5||2-4||2.0||27.2||3.5||29.3|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.4||3-2||+1.4||3-2||3.4||27.6||3.2||26.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||10||25||9||7||8||1||2||279||9.0%||44||10||22.7%||35|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6||12||4||4||3||1||1||163||7.4%||23||3||13.0%||16|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||4||4||8||1||2||138||12.3%||18||5||27.8%||22|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||4||15||6||3||6||0||1||106||14.2%||18||6||33.3%||20|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||35||12||14||8||1||1||306||11.4%||43||10||23.3%||59|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||21||8||9||3||1||0||176||11.9%||24||7||29.2%||36|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||5||7||3||1||0||131||12.2%||17||4||23.5%||27|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||12||2||6||3||1||0||121||9.9%||18||3||16.7%||20|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)||3||2||71||60||84.5%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Road Games)||2||2||54||47||87.0%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (vs. Division)||1||1||21||18||85.7%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Last 4 Games)||3||2||71||60||84.5%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSE THEODORE (All Games)||8||8||234||211||90.2%||1||4-4||+0.4||4-4-0||0||5-3|
|JOSE THEODORE (Road Games)||4||4||122||108||88.5%||1||2-2||+0.4||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|JOSE THEODORE (vs. Division)||3||3||100||91||91.0%||0||2-1||+1||2-1-0||+1||3-0|
|JOSE THEODORE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||110||97||88.2%||0||3-1||+2.4||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-4-0||-3.6||2-4||-3.6||2-4||2.3||28.5||3.5||27.2|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.7||1-4||-3.7||2-3||2.4||24.6||3.8||29.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||11||25||9||6||10||0||0||309||8.1%||42||9||21.4%||44|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6||14||4||3||7||0||0||171||8.2%||23||5||21.7%||24|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||4||3||5||0||0||123||9.8%||17||5||29.4%||20|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||2||5||2||2||1||0||0||64||7.8%||8||2||25.0%||10|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||41||11||19||10||1||0||327||12.5%||51||15||29.4%||74|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||21||7||11||3||0||0||163||12.9%||22||6||27.3%||39|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||19||5||10||4||0||0||146||13.0%||21||6||28.6%||33|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||10||4||3||3||0||0||73||13.7%||12||5||41.7%||18|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)||5||4||147||126||85.7%||0||1-3||-2.7||1-3-0||-3||3-1|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)||3||3||96||84||87.5%||0||1-2||-1.6||1-2-0||-2||2-1|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (vs. Division)||2||2||73||63||86.3%||0||0-2||-2.7||0-2-0||-3||2-0|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||4||3||113||98||86.7%||0||1-2||-1.6||1-2-0||-2||2-1|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)||7||7||180||160||88.9%||0||1-6||-6||1-6-0||-6||1-6|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Home Games)||3||3||67||58||86.6%||0||1-2||-1.9||1-2-0||-2||0-3|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||99||88||88.9%||0||0-4||-4.7||0-4-0||-5||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: FLORIDA 2.92, WASHINGTON 3.21|
|1/19/2013||CAROLINA||5-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|1/21/2013||at OTTAWA||0-4||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/22/2013||at MONTREAL||1-4||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||OTTAWA||1-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||PHILADELPHIA||1-7||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/29/2013||at TAMPA BAY||2-5||L||0, +150||L||5.5 ov||O|
|1/31/2013||WINNIPEG||6-3||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||at BUFFALO||4-3||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at WINNIPEG||2-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-2||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/9/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|2/16/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|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||2-5||L||0, +170||L||5.5 ov||O|
|2/12/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|2/14/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|2/17/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
LAST SEASON: 38-26-18, 94 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-3 in first round.
COACH: Kevin Dineen, 2nd season with Panthers, 38-26-18; 2nd overall in NHL.
ADDED: D Filip Kuba, C Peter Mueller, RW George Parros, RW Alex Kovalev.
LOST: D Jason Garrison, LW Wojtek Wolski, C John Madden.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Kovalev. He's still strong and talented, and could be the perfect fit for a second line that sometimes struggled with scoring a year ago. Plus, considering how much Florida struggles with shootouts, someone like Kovalev could pay immediate dividends.
OUTLOOK: Most of the team that won the Southeast Division title last season is back. The Panthers might have one of the best 1-2 goaltending combos in the league with Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen. If health isn't an issue, the Panthers could go deeper in the playoffs this time around.
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 (FLORIDA-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Panthers-Capitals Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Florida (4-5-1) at Washington (2-8-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT
Very little has gone right for the NHL-worst Washington Capitals, who failed to keep up again their last time out.
While the Florida Panthers also struggled in the early going, they've picked up plenty of steam over the last week-plus.
The Capitals try to avoid matching their longest pointless streak from all of last season Saturday against the Southeast Division rival Panthers, losers of five straight in the nation's capital.
After reaching the playoffs in each of the last five seasons, Washington (2-8-1) could have a hard time contending if its efforts thus far are any indication. The Capitals have allowed a league high-tying 41 goals and have scored just 2.3 per game.
"A little bit of everything," first-year coach Adam Oates said when asked what needs to change. "You got to be a strong team, you got to do as many little things as you can, which includes the goalie. ... We have to fight through our mistakes."
The Capitals made more than their fair share of errors Thursday in a 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh. Washington took an early 1-0 lead but allowed five unanswered goals in the second period, dropping to 0-3-0 over its last three games. The Capitals were last handed four consecutive regulation losses Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2011.
"We need a win and once we get that win, confidence will build up," said Mike Ribeiro, who scored his team best-tying fourth goal Thursday. "We just have a hard time playing 60 minutes."
That hasn't been an issue against the Panthers (4-5-1) of late, especially at home. Washington has taken eight of nine from Florida on its own ice, including the last five by a 19-6 margin thanks to five goals and four assists from Alex Ovechkin.
Although the usually high-scoring forward has just three goals - all on the power-play - general manager George McPhee doesn't appear too concerned. Ovechkin, who scored Thursday, enters the weekend riding a three-game point streak.
"I really like the way Alex has played the last four games," McPhee said. "Adam is convinced that he can get him playing the way that Ovi can play. ... He's getting a lot more chances on the right side than the left. He's a much more effective player. I like it a lot. You might disagree, but it looks a lot better to us."
After scoring just five goals during an 0-5-0 skid, the Panthers have averaged 3.5 in taking seven of a possible eight points.
The reigning division champs continued their recent prowess Thursday in a 3-2 shootout victory at Philadelphia. Jonathan Huberdeau and Peter Mueller both scored shootout goals and former Washington goaltender Jose Theodore made 30 saves to win his third consecutive start
"Coming in here and getting two points is huge for our confidence," said Theodore, who's 1-5-0 with a 3.88 goals-against average in his last seven games as an opponent at Washington.
Stephen Weiss also came up big Thursday, scoring the game-tying goal - his first of the season - 8:35 into the third period.
"He's a big piece to our puzzle, and it's good to see him get on the board," coach Kevin Dineen said of Weiss, who has seven goals and 24 points in his last 21 matchups against the Capitals. "But it's more than just the goals, he goes into the corners, he wins faceoffs and does all the little things for us. We see that every night."
Weiss could be in for another big game against Braden Holtby, who's gone 1-4-0 with an NHL-worst 4.74 GAA among qualified goalies.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 4:41:49 AM EST|