|53||NEW JERSEY||-120||Ov 5,-125||-120||Ov 5,-125|
|54||WASHINGTON||+100||Un 5,+105||+100||Un 5,+105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-4-0||-0.8||3-4||-0.8||3-4||2.0||25.1||2.6||26.9|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-2.2||2-3||-2.2||3-2||2.4||26.4||3.0||28.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||16||42||9||16||16||1||2||424||9.9%||66||13||19.7%||73|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||7||14||1||6||7||0||1||176||8.0%||22||5||22.7%||25|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||4||4||4||0||1||132||9.1%||14||3||21.4%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||38||7||10||17||4||3||427||8.9%||72||13||18.1%||62|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||18||2||5||9||2||1||188||9.6%||31||6||19.4%||30|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||3||5||6||1||2||140||10.7%||17||6||35.3%||26|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (All Games)||12||12||319||291||91.2%||1||7-5||0||7-5-0||+1||6-6|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (Road Games)||3||3||81||71||87.7%||0||1-2||-1.1||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (Last 4 Games)||4||4||107||99||92.5%||0||2-2||-1.5||2-2-0||-1||2-2|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (All Games)||4||4||107||100||93.5%||0||2-2||+0.4||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (Road Games)||4||4||107||100||93.5%||0||2-2||+0.4||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (Last 4 Games)||4||4||107||100||93.5%||0||2-2||+0.4||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-4-0||-2.6||3-4||-2.6||2-5||2.7||28.0||3.0||27.1|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.2||3-2||+1.2||3-2||3.6||29.2||3.0||31.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||15||41||13||11||16||1||0||430||9.5%||52||13||25.0%||72|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7||19||5||5||9||0||0||196||9.7%||25||6||24.0%||32|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||18||5||5||7||1||0||146||12.3%||12||5||41.7%||32|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||51||14||22||14||1||0||456||11.2%||65||16||24.6%||90|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||21||7||11||3||0||0||190||11.1%||24||6||25.0%||39|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||3||8||4||0||0||157||9.6%||18||4||22.2%||25|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)||9||8||276||245||88.8%||1||4-4||-0.5||4-4-0||-1||5-3|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)||4||4||123||111||90.2%||1||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||2-2|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||129||119||92.2%||1||3-1||+2.2||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|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 (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: NEW JERSEY 3.14, WASHINGTON 3.05|
|1/25/2013||WASHINGTON||3-2||W||0, -170||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/27/2013||at MONTREAL||3-4||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|1/29/2013||at BOSTON||1-2||L||0, +150||L||5 ov||U|
|1/31/2013||NY ISLANDERS||4-5||L||0, -140||L||5 ov||O|
|2/2/2013||at PITTSBURGH||1-5||L||0, +125||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||3-0||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/5/2013||NY RANGERS||3-1||W||0, -115||W||5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||TAMPA BAY||4-2||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||PITTSBURGH||3-1||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||at PITTSBURGH||3-1||W||0, +145||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/12/2013||CAROLINA||2-4||L||0, -145||L||5 ov||O|
|2/15/2013||PHILADELPHIA||5-3||W||0, -155||W||5 ov||O|
|2/16/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||1-5||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/18/2013||OTTAWA||1-2||L||0, -205||L||5 ev||U|
|2/21/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|2/23/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|2/28/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|3/2/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|3/4/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|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||4-3||W||0, +125||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/17/2013||at NY RANGERS||1-2||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/23/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/27/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|3/2/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|NEW JERSEY: |
LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings, 4-2 in Stanley Cup final.
COACH: Peter DeBoer, 2nd season with Devils, 48-28-6; 5th overall, 151-135-42 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Bobby Butler, RW Krys Barch, LW Mathieu Darche (tryout).
LOST: LW Zach Parise, RW Petr Sykora, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Ilya Kovalchuk. With Parise playing for the Wild and the Devils' decision not to re-sign Sykora, Kovalchuk (37 goals) has to produce more to make up for the loss of 52 goals.
OUTLOOK: Despite losing Parise, their captain, the Devils return most of the players that came up two wins shy of a Stanley Cup. Martin Brodeur remains one of the league's top goaltenders at 40, and this veteran team has the potential to improve playing a second season under Peter DeBoer.
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 (NEW JERSEY-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Devils-Capitals Preview* =========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
New Jersey (9-3-4) at Washington (5-9-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT
As stingy as the New Jersey Devils were during their hot start, their defense hasn't been able to make up for their recent drought offensively.
The Devils will try to generate some goals and avoid their fourth loss in five games on Thursday night when they visit the Washington Capitals for the beginning of a two-game stay in the nation's capital.
After an 8-1-3 start in which it allowed 22 goals, New Jersey (9-3-4) has been tied by Pittsburgh atop the Atlantic Division after going 1-2-1 in its last four.
The Devils allowed five goals during their season-best five-game winning streak, but they've given up 13 in their last four. At the same time, New Jersey has totaled four goals in its last three losses, including one in each of the last two.
Defenseman Marek Zidlicky provided the team's lone goal in a 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday and Stephen Gionta scored his second of the season in a 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa on Monday.
Ilya Kovalchuk's six-game point streak ended in the loss to the Senators, but he may be able to get something going after posting two goals and two assists in his last three against Washington. He scored the overtime winner to give the Devils a 3-2 victory over the visiting Capitals on Jan. 25, their fourth straight in the series.
Patrick Elias added a goal and an assist in that win, giving him two goals and five assists in his last five games in this series.
Elias has a team-high nine power-play points, but New Jersey is just 2 of 13 (15.4 percent) with the man advantage over its last four games after going 7 for 22 (31.8) during its winning streak.
Despite their recent struggles, the Devils still have the respect of the Capitals heading into this meeting.
"They're one of the top teams in the league right now," Washington winger Eric Fehr told the team's official website. "They're one of the teams that really stick to their systems and they work hard every game and you know what to expect from them. We've got to bring our best game for sure."
Martin Brodeur is 4-1-1 with a 1.81 goals-against average in his last six starts, but he's 0-3-0 with a 5.25 GAA in his last three in the nation's capital.
Eastern Conference-worst Washington (5-9-1) scored 15 goals during its season-best three-game winning streak before losing 2-1 at the New York Rangers on Sunday.
"They've been getting better," Devils coach Peter DeBoer told the team's official website. "Their team game is probably 50 percent better than it was (at the start of the season)."
Troy Brouwer hopes to bounce back after having his three-game scoring streak snapped against the Rangers. Brouwer had four goals in his previous three games to take the team lead with seven.
Mike Ribeiro had a third-period goal in the first meeting, and has four goals and six assists in his last seven games.
The Capitals' efficiency on the power play had been one of the keys to their recent success. They converted 7 of 11 (63.6 percent) man-advantage opportunities over a five-game span before going 0 for 4 on Sunday.
Washington will try to do some damage in that area against the Devils, who allowed six power-play goals in their previous three games before holding the Senators scoreless on two chances Monday.
Braden Holtby has been playing well for the Capitals, winning three consecutive starts before taking the loss against the Rangers despite making 38 saves.
Washington, which begins a three-game homestand, also hosts the Devils on Saturday.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 5:00:33 PM EST|