|53||FLORIDA||+150||Ov 5.5,+105||+140||Ov 5.5,+125|
|54||WASHINGTON||-170||Un 5.5,-125||-160||Un 5.5,-145|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-7-0||-3.3||3-7||-3.3||4-6||2.0||26.3||3.7||30.9|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.7||2-3||-0.7||3-2||3.4||33.0||3.6||29.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||23||59||21||20||17||1||3||680||8.7%||80||16||20.0%||91|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10||20||8||7||4||1||1||263||7.6%||30||4||13.3%||28|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||5||7||5||0||1||165||10.3%||14||5||35.7%||29|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||10||33||11||11||11||0||1||281||11.7%||31||6||19.4%||50|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||83||27||31||20||5||3||715||11.6%||75||19||25.3%||134|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||37||12||14||10||1||0||309||12.0%||36||9||25.0%||62|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||18||8||8||1||1||1||148||12.2%||11||2||18.2%||25|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||39||11||15||10||3||0||300||13.0%||33||7||21.2%||64|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)||10||6||220||189||85.9%||0||1-5||-4.1||1-5-0||-4||3-3|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Road Games)||5||3||125||110||88.0%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (vs. Division)||5||3||111||93||83.8%||0||0-3||-3.2||0-3-0||-3||1-2|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Last 4 Games)||4||2||82||70||85.4%||0||0-2||-2.2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)||3||3||102||95||93.1%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-2|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Road Games)||1||1||40||37||92.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (vs. Division)||1||1||31||30||96.8%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||3||3||102||95||93.1%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-2|
|JOSE THEODORE (All Games)||15||14||391||349||89.3%||1||5-9||-3.4||5-9-0||-4||8-6|
|JOSE THEODORE (Road Games)||6||6||144||125||86.8%||1||2-4||-1.6||2-4-0||-2||3-3|
|JOSE THEODORE (vs. Division)||6||6||158||138||87.3%||0||2-4||-2||2-4-0||-2||5-1|
|JOSE THEODORE (Last 4 Games)||4||3||68||61||89.7%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6-5-0||-0.3||6-5||-0.3||4-6||3.0||27.9||2.5||28.6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.5||4-1||+3.5||2-3||3.2||27.4||1.6||31.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||21||59||14||18||25||2||0||586||10.1%||73||18||24.7%||104|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||11||33||6||11||15||1||0||307||10.7%||40||11||27.5%||57|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||1||5||9||1||0||137||11.7%||17||3||17.6%||29|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||7||26||6||9||10||1||0||218||11.9%||21||7||33.3%||47|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||62||19||26||16||1||0||648||9.6%||84||20||23.8%||107|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||28||10||13||5||0||0||315||8.9%||37||8||21.6%||49|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||8||5||3||0||0||0||155||5.2%||13||3||23.1%||13|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||18||7||5||6||0||0||230||7.8%||26||5||19.2%||30|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)||15||14||454||412||90.7%||2||8-6||+2||8-6-0||+1||7-6|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)||8||8||248||229||92.3%||2||5-3||+1.6||5-3-0||+1||4-3|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (vs. Division)||7||7||230||212||92.2%||2||5-2||+2.8||5-2-0||+2||4-3|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||119||112||94.1%||1||3-1||+2.5||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|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 3.13, WASHINGTON 2.96|
|2/9/2013||at WASHINGTON||0-5||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/12/2013||WASHINGTON||5-6||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/14/2013||MONTREAL||0-1||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||U|
|2/16/2013||TAMPA BAY||5-6||L||0, +105||L||5.5 ev||O|
|2/18/2013||TORONTO||0-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||5-2||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/22/2013||at PITTSBURGH||1-3||L||0, +210||L||5.5 ov||U|
|2/24/2013||BOSTON||1-4||L||0, +145||L||5 ov||P|
|2/26/2013||PITTSBURGH||6-4||W||0, +135||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/28/2013||BUFFALO||3-4||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/2/2013||at CAROLINA||2-6||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/3/2013||CAROLINA||2-3||L||0, +125||L||5.5 ev||U|
|3/5/2013||WINNIPEG||4-1||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/7/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|3/12/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|3/14/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|3/16/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|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|
|2/26/2013||CAROLINA||3-0||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/27/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||1-4||L||0, +130||L||6 un||U|
|3/2/2013||at WINNIPEG||3-0||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2013||BOSTON||4-3||W||0, +130||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|3/10/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|3/14/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|3/16/2013||at BOSTON|| |
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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Florida (7-11-5) at Washington (9-11-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT
With growing confidence, the Washington Capitals are playing some of their best hockey of the season.
Their current surge began against the Florida Panthers, and the Capitals can continue it by beating them yet again Thursday night and recording a seventh straight home victory in the series.
Though Washington (9-11-1) and Florida (7-11-5) are tied for last in the Eastern Conference with 19 points, the Panthers have lost 10 of 13 while the Capitals have won seven of 10 since a 2-8-1 start.
Eric Fehr had two assists and scored while falling to the ice 37 seconds into overtime to help Washington overcome a three-goal deficit in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Boston.
"I think it says a lot about our character," said Fehr, who recorded his first three-point game in five years. "This team believes in ourselves a lot more than we did in the beginning of the season. We're a pretty confident bunch right now and we believe in the system. We're playing together as a team."
The Capitals averaged 2.3 goals and yielded 3.7 per game through the first 11, but have scored 3.4 and allowed 2.1 per contest in the last 10. Braden Holtby, who has two shutouts in his last four starts, gave up three first-period goals on nine shots against the Bruins but stopped all 24 the rest of the way.
"We know how important it is to string some wins together," Fehr said. "To come back against a team that good means a lot, and hopefully we can keep going."
Washington's turnaround started with an 11-goal outburst during a home-and-home sweep of Florida on Feb. 9 and 12. Winners of five straight overall in the series, the Capitals are 15-4-1 in the past 20 meetings with victories in nine of 10 at Washington. The Panthers have lost their last six visits by a 24-6 score, getting shut out in three of the past four.
Holtby, who has started 10 in a row, stopped 27 shots in a 5-0 home victory over the Panthers last month and survived a 6-5 overtime win at Florida three days later.
Washington's Nicklas Backstrom had two assists in that latest matchup and has 10 over his past nine games.
Three of Troy Brouwer's team-high nine goals have come against the Panthers, but it's uncertain if an illness will keep him out a second straight contest Thursday.
Though the Panthers will again be without a number of injured key players, they look to build on Tuesday's 4-1 victory over Winnipeg. Jonathan Huberdeau scored his team-leading 11th goal on a penalty shot, and Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves to help Florida end a three-game losing streak.
"Every single guy in this lineup worked as hard as they could and it showed pretty much the whole game," forward Shawn Matthias told the Panthers' official website. "We worked the corners and battled for pucks and that's how we're going to be successful here. It felt good winning and we have to keep this going now."
The Panthers must do that minus veteran forward Stephen Weiss, who will undergo season-ending wrist injury. Goaltender Jose Theodore, forwards Kris Versteeg and Scottie Upshall, and defensemen Dmitry Kulikov, Mike Weaver and Ed Jovanovski are also out.
Markstrom, 1-2-0 with a 2.36 GAA, is expected to see a majority of the time with Theodore (leg) sidelined four to six weeks.
Huberdeau, who scored twice in the overtime loss to Washington, has three goals in two games after going pointless in five straight.
|Last Updated: 7/1/2016 7:38:00 PM EST|