|7||WASHINGTON||+130||Ov 5.5,-140||+140||Ov 5.5,-135|
|8||TAMPA BAY||-150||Un 5.5,+120||-160||Un 5.5,+115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-5-0||-4.2||1-5||-4.2||3-3||2.8||27.8||4.2||32.7|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.6||2-3||-1.6||3-2||3.6||25.8||3.8||26.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||13||36||11||10||14||1||0||363||9.9%||47||12||25.5%||62|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6||17||6||5||5||1||0||167||10.2%||22||6||27.3%||30|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||18||5||5||7||1||0||129||14.0%||14||7||50.0%||31|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||4||16||4||6||5||1||0||118||13.6%||13||5||38.5%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||46||13||21||11||1||0||386||11.9%||58||15||25.9%||82|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||25||6||10||8||1||0||196||12.8%||34||9||26.5%||43|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||19||6||11||2||0||0||134||14.2%||17||5||29.4%||32|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||15||6||5||4||0||0||132||11.4%||19||5||26.3%||26|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)||7||6||206||180||87.4%||1||3-3||-0.7||3-3-0||-1||4-2|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)||3||2||83||69||83.1%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||2-0|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (vs. Division)||4||4||132||117||88.6%||1||2-2||-0.7||2-2-0||-1||3-1|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||4||3||102||88||86.3%||1||2-1||+1||2-1-0||+1||2-1|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)||7||7||180||160||88.9%||0||1-6||-6||1-6-0||-6||1-6|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Road Games)||4||4||113||102||90.3%||0||0-4||-4.1||0-4-0||-4||1-3|
|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|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5-2-0||+2.4||5-2||+2.4||5-1||5.0||29.3||2.9||30.3|
|Last 5 Games||0-5-0||-5.6||0-5||-5.6||3-2||1.8||23.4||3.6||29.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||12||46||13||11||22||0||1||318||14.5%||51||14||27.5%||84|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7||35||11||9||15||0||1||205||17.1%||32||13||40.6%||64|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||0||3||6||0||0||117||7.7%||16||2||12.5%||17|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||4||23||9||6||8||0||0||118||19.5%||23||9||39.1%||40|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||36||6||17||12||1||1||375||9.6%||52||9||17.3%||56|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||20||4||9||6||1||1||212||9.4%||31||5||16.1%||31|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||18||3||7||7||1||1||147||12.2%||18||3||16.7%||26|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||9||2||3||4||0||0||123||7.3%||17||4||23.5%||14|
|MATHIEU GARON (All Games)||3||3||85||78||91.8%||0||1-2||-0.9||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|MATHIEU GARON (Home Games)||1||1||30||27||90.0%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|MATHIEU GARON (vs. Division)||1||1||36||35||97.2%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|MATHIEU GARON (Last 4 Games)||3||3||85||78||91.8%||0||1-2||-0.9||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|ANDERS LINDBACK (All Games)||10||9||290||262||90.3%||0||5-4||+0.6||5-4-0||+1||7-1|
|ANDERS LINDBACK (Home Games)||6||6||182||166||91.2%||0||5-1||+3.6||5-1-0||+4||5-0|
|ANDERS LINDBACK (vs. Division)||3||3||87||79||90.8%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||3-0|
|ANDERS LINDBACK (Last 4 Games)||4||3||98||87||88.8%||0||0-3||-3.4||0-3-0||-3||2-1|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 3.03, TAMPA BAY 3.03|
|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|
|2/9/2013||FLORIDA||5-0||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/12/2013||at FLORIDA||6-5||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/14/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|2/17/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|2/21/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/23/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|1/19/2013||WASHINGTON||6-3||W||0, -115||W||5.5 ov||O|
|1/21/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||3-4||L||0, -105||L||5.5 ov||O|
|1/22/2013||at CAROLINA||4-1||W||0, +135||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/25/2013||OTTAWA||6-4||W||0, -130||W||5.5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||PHILADELPHIA||5-1||W||0, -145||W||6 un||P|
|1/29/2013||FLORIDA||5-2||W||0, -170||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/1/2013||WINNIPEG||8-3||W||0, -205||W||6 ev||O|
|2/2/2013||NY RANGERS||2-3||L||0, -125||L||5.5 ov||U|
|2/5/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||1-2||L||0, +105||L||6 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-4||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/10/2013||at NY RANGERS||1-5||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/12/2013||MONTREAL||3-4||L||0, -135||L||5.5 ev||O|
|2/16/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|2/23/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|2/24/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
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.
|TAMPA BAY: |
LAST SEASON: 38-36-8, 84 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 10th in the Eastern Conference.
COACH: Guy Boucher, 3rd season, 84-61-19.
ADDED: G Anders Lindback, D Sami Salo, D Matt Carle, RW B,J. Crombeen, LW Benoit Pouliot.
LOST: G Dwayne Roloson, D Brett Clark, RW Ryan Shannon.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Steven Stamkos. Young rising star had NHL-best 60 goals, including a league-high 12 game-winners last season. The Lightning are counting on him to continue delivering in clutch situations.
OUTLOOK: A year removed from making the Eastern Conference finals in their first season under Boucher, the Lightning finished 10th in the conference - eight points short of the playoffs - last season. Stamkos & Co., feel a quick start will be one of the keys to getting back to the post-season.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Capitals-Lightning Preview* ============================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Washington (4-8-1) at Tampa Bay (6-5-1), 7:30 p.m. EDT
It took almost a month, but the Washington Capitals have finally won consecutive games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning would settle for one victory to end their rough stretch.
After recording a pair of victories over the other Florida team, the visiting Capitals try to end their recent struggles against the Lightning by handing them a sixth straight loss Thursday night.
Washington (4-8-1) doubled its win total and posted its first road victory by sweeping a home-and-home set with the Panthers. After Braden Holtby made 27 saves in a 5-0 home victory over the Panthers on Saturday, the Capitals overcame a two-goal third-period deficit to win 6-5 in overtime Tuesday.
"Every win is important," coach Adam Oates told the Capitals' official website. "To stay with it for 60 minutes is something we talk about all the time."
Troy Brouwer's winner was his third goal in two games while Mike Ribeiro added one with two assists to give him four goals and five assists in the last five. The Capitals, though, weren't completely satisfied as they allowed at least five goals for the fourth time and rank among the NHL's most generous teams with 46 given up overall.
"Obviously we'll take the two points," winger Eric Fehr told the Capitals' official website after recording a goal and assist Tuesday. "But we've got to find a way to keep pucks out of our net and just be a little bit stronger in our own zone.
"But obviously this is big for us, it's a momentum swing for us and we feel like we're back a little bit."
Washington hopes it can also turn it around against Tampa Bay (6-5-1), which has taken four of five meetings. Holtby made 28 saves but faced a barrage of shots - 26 in the final two periods - of a 6-3 season-opening loss to the Lightning on Jan. 19.
The Capitals have allowed 25 goals during an 0-5-1 road skid against Tampa Bay, including playoffs.
The Lightning, however, are mired in their longest slide since going 0-6-1 from Jan. 3-15, 2012. They earned their first point in five games by rallying with three third-period goals before losing 4-3 in a shootout to Montreal on Tuesday.
"You got to earn every night," forward Martin St. Louis told the Lightning's official website. "We didn't start earning it until the third and obviously we were able to grind a point out of it, so that's a positive."
The late offensive surge might provide some confidence for a Tampa Bay team that's totaled six goals in the previous four contests after scoring 37 while winning six of the first seven.
"With six minutes left we came back with three goals," coach Guy Boucher said. "We have to build on the positive and that's extremely positive."
Victor Hedman doubled his goal total with two Tuesday, but Steven Stamkos was held without a goal in his fourth straight game since scoring six in the previous five.
Stamkos has five goals and five assists in his last six games versus Washington. St. Louis scored two of his three this season and added an assist against the Capitals last month.
Washington's Alex Ovechkin has a goal in three straight contests after scoring two in the first 10, and is on a five-game point streak. However, he has no points in his last three at Tampa.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 12:02:54 AM EST|