|3||CAROLINA||+115||Ov 5.5,-125||+110||Ov 5.5,-115|
|4||WASHINGTON||-135||Un 5.5,+105||-130||Un 5.5,-105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6-4-0||+2.7||6-4||+2.7||6-4||3.1||32.7||2.9||31.8|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.4||2-3||-1.4||3-2||2.4||28.8||3.0||27.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||17||50||7||20||22||1||5||564||8.9%||68||10||14.7%||81|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10||31||4||10||16||1||4||327||9.5%||40||8||20.0%||53|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||1||5||6||0||1||144||8.3%||15||2||13.3%||19|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||4||7||1||2||4||0||0||142||4.9%||17||1||5.9%||12|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||51||20||12||18||1||1||533||9.6%||69||16||23.2%||86|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||29||14||8||6||1||0||318||9.1%||40||12||30.0%||51|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||4||1||10||0||0||136||11.0%||16||1||6.2%||23|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||18||8||1||9||0||0||113||15.9%||19||4||21.1%||27|
|DAN ELLIS (All Games)||6||6||161||149||92.5%||1||3-3||+0.1||3-3-0||0||3-3|
|DAN ELLIS (Road Games)||3||3||66||60||90.9%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|DAN ELLIS (vs. Division)||2||2||52||46||88.5%||0||0-2||-2.2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|DAN ELLIS (Last 4 Games)||4||4||107||97||90.7%||1||2-2||-0.1||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|JUSTIN PETERS (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JUSTIN PETERS (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JUSTIN PETERS (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CAM WARD (All Games)||13||11||371||333||89.8%||1||6-5||+0.4||6-5-0||0||7-4|
|CAM WARD (Road Games)||9||7||252||229||90.9%||1||5-2||+3.4||5-2-0||+3||4-3|
|CAM WARD (vs. Division)||3||2||61||49||80.3%||0||0-2||-3||0-2-0||-3||1-1|
|CAM WARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||102||91||89.2%||1||2-2||0||2-2-0||0||3-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||4-5-0||-2.6||4-5||-2.6||3-5||2.9||26.8||2.8||27.7|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.2||3-2||+1.2||3-1||3.6||28.2||2.8||32.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||17||48||13||14||20||1||0||475||10.1%||59||17||28.8%||83|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9||26||5||8||13||0||0||241||10.8%||32||10||31.2%||43|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||18||3||6||8||1||0||141||12.8%||15||7||46.7%||31|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||5||20||5||7||7||1||0||157||12.7%||14||6||42.9%||36|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||55||14||24||16||1||0||515||10.7%||74||17||23.0%||96|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||25||7||13||5||0||0||249||10.0%||33||7||21.2%||45|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||3||5||6||0||0||161||8.7%||21||2||9.5%||22|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||18||7||5||6||0||0||162||11.1%||21||5||23.8%||30|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)||11||10||335||300||89.6%||1||5-5||-0.5||5-5-0||-1||6-3|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)||6||6||182||166||91.2%||1||3-3||-0.6||3-3-0||-1||3-2|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (vs. Division)||5||5||162||144||88.9%||1||3-2||+0.5||3-2-0||0||4-1|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||129||120||93.0%||0||2-2||+0.2||2-2-0||0||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: CAROLINA 2.96, WASHINGTON 3.06|
|2/1/2013||OTTAWA||1-0||W||0, -120||W||5.5 ev||U|
|2/2/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-5||L||0, +110||L||5.5 ev||O|
|2/4/2013||at TORONTO||4-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/7/2013||at OTTAWA||3-2||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/9/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-4||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/11/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||6-4||W||0, -105||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/12/2013||at NEW JERSEY||4-2||W||0, +125||W||5 ov||O|
|2/14/2013||TORONTO||3-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/18/2013||at MONTREAL||0-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||WINNIPEG||3-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/23/2013||TAMPA BAY||2-5||L||0, -110||L||6 ev||O|
|2/24/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||4-2||W||0, +110||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/26/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|3/3/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|3/9/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|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||2-3||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||P|
|2/23/2013||NEW JERSEY||5-1||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||O|
|2/27/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|3/2/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|3/9/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
LAST SEASON: 33-33-16, 82 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 12th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Kirk Muller, 2nd season overall and with Hurricanes, 25-20-12.
ADDED: C Jordan Staal, LW Alexander Semin, RW Kevin Westgarth, D Joe Corvo, G Dan Ellis.
LOST: C Brandon Sutter, D Bryan Allen, D Derek Joslin, D Jaroslav Spacek, G Brian Boucher, RW Anthony Stewart.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Eric Staal. The team captain and face of the franchise blossomed after Muller took over two months into last season, with 19 goals and 40 assists in the final 57 games. With his younger brother on the team and veteran Semin on his line, Staal should have enough pieces around him to carry the team to the playoffs.
OUTLOOK: The Hurricanes have made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup, but the additions of Jordan Staal and Semin should give them enough quality offensive depth to reach the postseason - even in a tough Southeast Division.
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 (CAROLINA-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Hurricanes-Capitals Preview* =============================
By JOSEPH WHITE AP Sports Writer
Carolina (9-7-1) at Washington (6-10-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Old friends Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin planned to get together for dinner Monday night, ahead of the Washington Capitals' big game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.
It's safe to say Troy Brouwer would not be joining them.
Brouwer took a few potshots at Semin's work ethic after Monday's practice, reviving the reputation that dogged the talented but enigmatic Russian's seven seasons in Washington. The Capitals finally said goodbye to Semin last summer, and he signed with the Hurricanes as a free agent.
"It was tough to lose his scoring ability, when he wanted to play," Brouwer said. "But all in all I think we've been doing well without him. ... Some nights you didn't even know if he was going to come to the rink. It's tough to play alongside guys like those because you don't know what you're going to get out of 'em."
For good measure, Brouwer also said the Capitals had a "very lackadaisical" culture under former coach Bruce Boudreau. The streak of candor highlighted an eventful day of news good and bad that comes just as Ovechkin and the Capitals are finding themselves with a chance to ride some momentum and get out of last place.
Goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman John Erskine both signed two-year contract extensions, Holtby for $3.7 million and Erskine for $3.925 million. But center Nicklas Backstrom missed practice with an illness and left wing Jason Chimera departed early with a lower body injury, leaving the Capitals contemplating a possible call-up from the minors for a game that could get them back in the running in the Southeast Division.
The Capitals (6-10-1) are one of the surprises so far in the lockout-crunched season, sitting near the bottom of the NHL standings. But they're coming off of a dominating turn-back-the-clock performance, with Ovechkin scoring his first hat trick in more than two years in a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
This could therefore be a make-or-break week. A regulation win on Tuesday would pull the Capitals within four points of the first-place Hurricanes (9-7-1). There's also a road game against the division-contending Winnipeg Jets sandwiched around a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Which makes the return of Semin all the more compelling. He's playing well for the Hurricanes - his 14 points would tie Ovechkin for second on the team if he were still with the Capitals - and Ovechkin said his fellow Russian "will want to show up and tell them it was a mistake" for Washington to let him go.
As Brouwer indicated, a motivated Semin has not always been a given. Ex-Capitals forward Matt Bradley once said that Semin "could easily be the best player in the league, and just for whatever reason, just doesn't care."
The Hurricanes feel differently, at least according to center Tim Brent, who responded Monday to Brouwer on Twitter.
"I can say on behalf of his teammates that we love having him here, and he has been a big part of our success so far with his consistent play and work ethic. NOT only his scoring ability. I hope he sticks it to them," Brent tweeted.
Brouwer also addressed the change in culture under new coach Adam Oates while picking apart the regime of Boudreau, who was fired early last season and replaced by Dale Hunter. Boudreau is now the coach of the first-place Anaheim Ducks.
"It was very lackadaisical, I would say," Brouwer said. "Kind of guys were able to do whatever they pleased. There wasn't a whole lot of accountability. And then when we had a little bit of trouble and there needed to be accountability, it wasn't received exactly with welcome arms, I'll say.
"And then with Hunts everything was very strict, making sure guys were blocking shots, maybe getting them out of their styles of play as far as particular players go. And then with Adam, I mean everyone's still accountable, everyone has to do their job, but he's letting guys play the way that makes them successful - goal scorers need to score, checkers need to check. Everyone's got a defined role on the team now."
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 4:36:23 PM EST|