|51||WASHINGTON||+105||Ov 5.5,-110||+105||Ov 5.5,-115|
|52||NY ISLANDERS||-125||Un 5.5,-110||-125||Un 5.5,-105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-7-0||-3.7||3-7||-3.7||4-6||2.6||27.9||3.4||33.3|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.5||4-1||+3.5||2-3||3.6||27.4||1.6||32.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||22||66||18||19||27||2||0||612||10.8%||76||20||26.3%||118|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10||26||8||7||10||1||0||279||9.3%||33||7||21.2%||47|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||18||5||5||7||1||0||137||13.1%||17||3||17.6%||35|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||63||19||26||17||1||0||678||9.3%||86||20||23.3%||108|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||34||9||13||11||1||0||333||10.2%||47||12||25.5%||58|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||8||5||2||1||0||0||163||4.9%||12||3||25.0%||12|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Road Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||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)||16||15||484||441||91.1%||2||9-6||+3||9-6-0||+2||8-6|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)||7||6||206||183||88.8%||0||3-3||+0.4||3-3-0||0||3-3|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||116||108||93.1%||0||3-1||+2.5||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 (Road Games)||4||4||113||102||90.3%||0||0-4||-4.1||0-4-0||-4||1-3|
|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)||4-10-0||-7.5||4-10||-7.5||8-6||2.5||29.9||3.5||28.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.5||2-3||-1.5||2-3||3.0||30.2||3.2||32.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||24||71||13||29||25||4||4||716||9.9%||91||21||23.1%||116|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||14||35||8||13||13||1||2||418||8.4%||60||11||18.3%||62|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||4||4||6||1||2||151||9.9%||13||2||15.4%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||80||18||26||33||3||6||732||10.9%||84||15||17.9%||140|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||49||7||16||24||2||5||399||12.3%||43||10||23.3%||88|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||3||7||4||2||1||162||9.9%||15||4||26.7%||30|
|RICK DIPIETRO (All Games)||3||3||83||71||85.5%||0||0-3||-3.2||0-3-0||-3||2-1|
|RICK DIPIETRO (Home Games)||1||1||30||25||83.3%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|RICK DIPIETRO (Last 4 Games)||3||3||83||71||85.5%||0||0-3||-3.2||0-3-0||-3||2-1|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)||20||20||616||557||90.4%||0||10-10||+0.5||10-10-0||+1||11-9|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (Home Games)||12||12||337||301||89.3%||0||4-8||-5.1||4-8-0||-4||6-6|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||128||116||90.6%||0||2-2||-0.5||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|KEVIN POULIN (All Games)||1||1||27||24||88.9%||0||0-1||-1.3||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|KEVIN POULIN (Home Games)||1||1||27||24||88.9%||0||0-1||-1.3||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|KEVIN POULIN (Last 4 Games)||1||1||27||24||88.9%||0||0-1||-1.3||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 2.89, NY ISLANDERS 3.12|
|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|
|3/7/2013||FLORIDA||7-1||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||O|
|3/9/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|3/10/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|3/14/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|3/16/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|3/19/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|2/11/2013||CAROLINA||4-6||L||0, -115||L||5.5 ov||O|
|2/14/2013||at NY RANGERS||4-3||W||0, +135||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/16/2013||NEW JERSEY||5-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/18/2013||PHILADELPHIA||0-7||L||0, -110||L||5.5 ov||O|
|2/19/2013||at OTTAWA||1-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||at MONTREAL||4-3||W||0, +130||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/23/2013||at BUFFALO||4-0||W||0, +105||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/24/2013||CAROLINA||2-4||L||0, -130||L||5.5 ov||O|
|2/26/2013||BOSTON||1-4||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||TORONTO||4-5||L||0, -140||L||5.5 ev||O|
|3/3/2013||OTTAWA||3-2||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2013||MONTREAL||6-3||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||NY RANGERS||1-2||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/10/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|3/14/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|3/16/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
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.
|NY ISLANDERS: |
LAST SEASON: 34-37-7, 79 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference.
COACH: Jack Capuano, 3rd season with Islanders, 60-66-21; 3rd overall in NHL.
ADDED: D Lubomir Visnovsky, D Matt Carkner, RW Brad Boyes, LW Eric Boulton, D Radek Martinek.
LOST: RW P.A. Parenteau, G Al Montoya, C Micheal Haley.
PLAYER TO WATCH: John Tavares. Fresh off his first 30-goal season in the NHL, the 22-year-old center is already establishing himself as a star heading into his fourth year with the Islanders. Tavares has increased his goal and point totals each season, topping out at 31 goals and 81 points in 2011-12 while playing in all 82 games.
OUTLOOK: With veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov behind them, the Islanders could surprise some people in a short season. With young talent up front, led by Tavares, the up-and-coming club could hang around and perhaps sneak into a playoff spot in the sprint to the finish.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-NY ISLANDERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Capitals-Islanders Preview* ============================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Washington (10-11-1) at New York (10-11-3), 1:00 p.m. EDT
It took some time, but the Washington Capitals appear to have finally hit their stride.
Coming off their highest-scoring game of the year, the visiting Capitals look for a season-high fourth straight victory Saturday against a New York Islanders team hoping to bounce back from a heartbreaking defeat to its archrival.
Washington (10-11-1) scored four goals on its first eight shots in less than 8 1/2 minutes of a 7-1 win over Florida on Thursday.
"Of course, it's a little bit luck," Washington's Alex Ovechkin said of the early outburst. "But we need that kind of luck right now."
The Capitals have won eight of 11 since a 2-8-1 start left them wondering if they had enough time to turn this shortened season around.
"We started so bad that it was a big hole to climb out of, and it didn't look good," defenseman Karl Alzner said. "We're just happy that we're winning games right now, and we don't want to be a .500 team."
Though Washington still isn't in playoff position despite its surge, it appears to be on track.
The Capitals have averaged 3.7 goals and allowed 2.0 in the last 11 games after scoring 2.3 per contest and yielding 3.7 in the first 11. They've converted 32.4 percent of their power-play chances and killed 30 of 35 penalties during the winning streak.
In its first 11 contests, Washington went 9 for 42 (21.4 percent) with the man advantage while opponents were 15 of 51 (29.4) on the power play.
"It's all the same stuff we talk about every day," coach Adam Oates told the Capitals' official website. "The conditioning, the schedule, the system - all the stuff we talk about. The guys are playing better and good things are happening sometimes but all in all, in the last three weeks we've only had one bad game."
Braden Holtby made 29 saves Thursday and has a 2.09 goals-against and three shutouts while starting the last 11 games. Mike Ribeiro has recorded three goals with three assists in three games, while Ovechkin has four goals and six assists in the last six after recording 10 points over the first 16 contests.
Ovechkin, who had a goal and two assists Thursday, has 10 goals and five assists in 13 road games against New York (10-11-3). He's recorded six goals and five assists in his past 11 overall matchups with the Islanders, who lost in overtime and a shootout in their last two versus the Capitals.
Though New York is in the midst of a 2-0-2 stretch, it's coming off a disheartening 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers on Thursday. Evgeni Nabokov was outstanding with 35 saves, but was beaten by Rick Nash's tying goal with 5:23 left in the third period and Marian Gaborik's power-play tally 42 seconds into the extra period.
Some Islanders berated the officials on the way off the ice for what they felt was a questionable hooking call on Michael Grabner in overtime.
"You can't dwell on the referees, you can't dwell on getting one point versus two," coach Jack Capuano said. "We've got to get ready for Washington."
Grabner has a goal in three straight games overall but no points in his last five against the Capitals.
Nabokov allowed seven goals in the last two losses to the Capitals after going 10-1-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average in his first 11 against them.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 8:44:47 AM EST|