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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 2/23/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NEW JERSEY (10-3-0-4, 24 pts.) at WASHINGTON (5-10-0-1, 11 pts.)
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Saturday, 2/23/2013 12:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
51NEW JERSEY-120Ov 5,-125-120Ov 5,-120
52WASHINGTON+100Un 5,+105+100Un 5,+100
NEW JERSEY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games10-7-0+1.410-7+1.47-92.627.12.426.2
Team Stats (Road Games)4-4-0+0.24-4+0.23-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-2.62-3-2.63-12.429.23.227.0
NEW JERSEY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)174591718124619.8%721419.4%77
Team Stats (Road Games)817179012138.0%28621.4%29
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512336011468.2%19315.8%19
Stats Against (All Games) 4071217434469.0%761519.7%65
Stats Against (Road Games) 20279212079.7%35822.9%33
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 163751213511.9%18738.9%27
NEW JERSEY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BRODEUR (All Games)131333830891.1%18-5+18-5-0+26-6
MARTIN BRODEUR (Road Games)441008888.0%02-2-0.12-2-002-1
MARTIN BRODEUR (Last 4 Games)441019291.1%02-2-1.52-2-0-12-1
JOHAN HEDBERG (All Games)4410710093.5%02-2+0.42-2-001-3
JOHAN HEDBERG (Road Games)4410710093.5%02-2+0.42-2-001-3
JOHAN HEDBERG (Last 4 Games)4410710093.5%02-2+0.42-2-001-3

WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-11-0-7.45-11-7.46-92.728.13.430.8
Team Stats (Home Games)3-5-0-3.63-5-3.62-52.626.93.028.4
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.23-2+1.22-23.628.02.633.2
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1643131316104499.6%561526.8%75
Team Stats (Home Games)821579002159.8%29827.6%35
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5184761014012.9%14642.9%31
Stats Against (All Games) 541423161049311.0%711723.9%94
Stats Against (Home Games) 2471250022710.6%30723.3%43
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 13346001667.8%20210.0%20
WASHINGTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)10931327989.1%14-5-1.54-5-0-25-3
BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)5516014590.6%12-3-1.62-3-0-22-2
BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)4413912690.6%02-2+0.22-2-002-1
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)7718016088.9%01-6-61-6-0-61-6
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Home Games)33675886.6%01-2-1.91-2-0-20-3
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)44998888.9%00-4-4.70-4-0-51-3
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW JERSEY 3.12,  WASHINGTON 3.09
NEW JERSEY - Schedule
1/27/2013at MONTREAL3-4L0, -110L5 ovO
1/29/2013at BOSTON1-2L0, +150L5 ovU
1/31/2013NY ISLANDERS4-5L0, -140L5 ovO
2/2/2013at PITTSBURGH1-5L0, +125L5.5 unO
2/3/2013at NY ISLANDERS3-0W0, +105W5.5 unU
2/5/2013NY RANGERS3-1W0, -115W5 unU
2/7/2013TAMPA BAY4-2W0, -130W5.5 unO
2/9/2013PITTSBURGH3-1W0, -115W5.5 unU
2/10/2013at PITTSBURGH3-1W0, +145W5.5 unU
2/12/2013CAROLINA2-4L0, -145L5 ovO
2/15/2013PHILADELPHIA5-3W0, -155W5 ovO
2/16/2013at NY ISLANDERS1-5L0, -115L5.5 unO
2/18/2013OTTAWA1-2L0, -205L5 evU
2/21/2013at WASHINGTON3-2W0, -120W5 ovP
2/23/2013at WASHINGTON 
2/28/2013at WINNIPEG 
3/2/2013at BUFFALO 
3/4/2013at TORONTO 
3/5/2013TAMPA BAY 

1/27/2013BUFFALO3-2W0, -120W5.5 unU
1/29/2013at OTTAWA2-3L0, +130L5.5 unU
1/31/2013at TORONTO2-3L0, -110L5.5 ovU
2/1/2013PHILADELPHIA3-2W0, -105W5.5 unU
2/3/2013PITTSBURGH3-6L0, +110L5.5 unO
2/5/2013TORONTO2-3L0, -160L5.5 evU
2/7/2013at PITTSBURGH2-5L0, +170L5.5 ovO
2/9/2013FLORIDA5-0W0, -130W5.5 unU
2/12/2013at FLORIDA6-5W0, +100W5.5 unO
2/14/2013at TAMPA BAY4-3W0, +125W5.5 ovO
2/17/2013at NY RANGERS1-2L0, +160L5.5 unU
2/21/2013NEW JERSEY2-3L0, +100L5 ovP
2/23/2013NEW JERSEY 
2/27/2013at PHILADELPHIA 
3/2/2013at WINNIPEG 

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* =========================


New Jersey (10-3-4) at Washington (5-10-1), 12:00 p.m. EDT

The New Jersey Devils are enjoying a rare stay in a road city, and it certainly isn't a bad time for a hockey team to visit to the nation's capital.

With the NHL-worst Washington Capitals still searching for answers, the Devils go for a second victory at the Verizon Center in three days and a sixth straight win in this series Saturday.

As a quirk of the post-lockout schedule, New Jersey (10-3-4) is playing a second consecutive road game against the same opponent in the regular season for the first time in team history.

"Less travel for us," Patrik Elias said after setting up Ilya Kovalchuk's game-winning goal on a two-man advantage in Thursday's 3-2 victory. "We'll take it."

The Devils struck twice in the third period to rally past Washington, getting Andrei Loktionov's first goal with the team a few minutes before Kovalchuk's decisive blast.

The duo's Russian countryman, Alex Ovechkin, went a third straight game without a point for the Capitals (5-10-1).

The two-time league MVP averaged more than a point per game in each of his first six NHL seasons, but he slipped below that pace in 2011-12 and has just 10 points in 16 games this season to rank fifth on his own team. His minus-8 rating is the worst on the Capitals.

Ovechkin also took one of seven Washington penalties in the third period Thursday, a big reason New Jersey had a 15-3 edge in shots on goal in the final 20 minutes. Opponents are 17 of 57 (29.8 percent) on the power play in the Capitals' 11 losses.

"It's frustrating and we talked about it," center Nicklas Backstrom said. "We have to be more disciplined. It's not good enough."

Elias also had a short-handed goal in the second, giving him a goal and an assist in each of his last three games versus Washington. Kovalchuk has scored the game-winner in both matchups this season, burying an overtime tally against the Capitals at home in a 3-2 win Jan. 25.

The Devils won the final three meetings last season - two in shootouts.

New Jersey was relieved to avoid a third straight defeat overall Thursday after scoring just one goal in each of its previous two contests. Martin Brodeur improved to 5-1-1 with a 1.84 goals-against average in his last seven starts.

Counterpart Braden Holtby made his fifth straight start, falling to 3-2-0 in that stretch. He has yielded three goals or more in three of his last four, but he's also faced at least 30 shots each time during that stretch.

First-year Capitals coach Adam Oates, a Devils assistant the last two seasons, said he's still seeing progress in implementing his system.

"Watching the tape over from (Thursday), we played the system good," Oates said. "We made mistakes, but most of the mistakes last night, some of the penalties, that's focus, discipline. ... I thought system-wise we're fine. We're totally fine.

"I think the guys are really adapting to it."

Washington has won three straight when defenseman Mike Green is in the lineup. The team ice time leader has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury and his status is unclear for Saturday.

Last Updated: 6/18/2018 8:12:04 PM EST

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