|5||NY ISLANDERS||+130||Ov 5.5,-105||+120||Ov 5.5,-105|
|6||WASHINGTON||-150||Un 5.5,-115||-140||Un 5.5,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-5-0||+4.6||8-5||+4.6||8-5||3.3||28.9||3.1||31.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.4||2-3||-1.4||3-1||2.8||30.6||3.4||26.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||32||93||20||37||32||4||7||967||9.6%||115||26||22.6%||156|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||13||43||7||19||14||3||3||376||11.4%||35||11||31.4%||67|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||6||5||3||0||2||153||9.2%||14||2||14.3%||26|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||105||23||32||47||3||8||935||11.2%||103||20||19.4%||185|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||40||14||12||13||1||1||409||9.8%||48||7||14.6%||69|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||2||3||12||0||2||133||12.8%||10||2||20.0%||30|
|RICK DIPIETRO (All Games)||3||3||83||71||85.5%||0||0-3||-3.2||0-3-0||-3||2-1|
|RICK DIPIETRO (Road Games)||2||2||53||46||86.8%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|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)||27||27||777||701||90.2%||1||14-13||+1.2||14-13-0||+2||15-11|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (Road Games)||11||11||344||313||91.0%||0||8-3||+6.6||8-3-0||+6||7-4|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||102||92||90.2%||1||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|KEVIN POULIN (All Games)||3||2||67||58||86.6%||0||0-2||-2.3||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|KEVIN POULIN (Road Games)||1||0||11||10||90.9%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KEVIN POULIN (Last 4 Games)||3||2||67||58||86.6%||0||0-2||-2.3||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8-7-0||-0.4||8-7||-0.4||6-7||3.1||27.5||2.7||29.4|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.8||4-1||+3.8||2-2||3.8||25.4||1.6||29.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||32||92||26||28||35||3||1||876||10.5%||109||27||24.8%||162|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15||46||12||15||18||1||0||413||11.1%||52||14||26.9%||82|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||7||6||5||1||1||127||15.0%||19||5||26.3%||32|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||90||28||35||26||1||1||1014||8.9%||118||27||22.9%||158|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||40||12||19||9||0||1||441||9.1%||47||10||21.3%||70|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||8||2||3||3||0||0||149||5.4%||16||3||18.7%||15|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)||2||1||59||54||91.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)||2||1||59||54||91.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)||23||22||687||630||91.7%||2||13-9||+4.6||13-9-0||+3||10-9|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)||12||12||362||333||92.0%||2||7-5||+1.5||7-5-0||+1||6-4|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||119||114||95.8%||0||3-1||+2.8||3-1-0||+2||1-2|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)||10||9||267||240||89.9%||0||2-7||-5.6||2-7-0||-6||1-8|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Home Games)||4||3||78||68||87.2%||0||1-2||-1.9||1-2-0||-2||0-3|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)||4||3||98||89||90.8%||0||1-2||-0.6||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NY ISLANDERS 3.16, WASHINGTON 2.94|
|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|
|3/9/2013||WASHINGTON||5-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 ov||O|
|3/10/2013||at PITTSBURGH||1-6||L||0, +150||L||6 un||O|
|3/14/2013||at TAMPA BAY||2-0||W||0, +105||W||6 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||at FLORIDA||4-3||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/19/2013||OTTAWA||3-5||L||0, -135||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/21/2013||MONTREAL||2-5||L||0, +120||L||5.5 ov||O|
|3/22/2013||PITTSBURGH||2-4||L||0, +145||L||6 un||P|
|3/24/2013||FLORIDA||3-0||W||0, -200||W||5.5 ev||U|
|3/26/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|3/28/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|3/30/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|4/1/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|4/4/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|4/6/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|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||2-5||L||0, +105||L||5.5 ov||O|
|3/10/2013||NY RANGERS||1-4||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||P|
|3/12/2013||CAROLINA||0-4||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/14/2013||at CAROLINA||3-2||W||0, +145||W||5.5 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||at BOSTON||1-4||L||0, +190||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/17/2013||BUFFALO||5-3||W||0, -135||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/19/2013||at PITTSBURGH||1-2||L||0, +180||L||6 un||U|
|3/21/2013||at WINNIPEG||4-0||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/22/2013||at WINNIPEG||6-1||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/24/2013||at NY RANGERS||3-2||W||0, +135||W||5 ov||P|
|3/26/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|3/30/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|3/31/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|4/2/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|4/4/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|4/6/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|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.
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 (NY ISLANDERS-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Islanders-Capitals Preview* ============================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
New York (14-15-3) at Washington (15-16-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT
While the Washington Capitals look to continue their recent strong play during a brief home stop, the New York Islanders hope to build on their latest victory by remaining solid on the road.
Both in the mix for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Capitals try for a season-high fourth consecutive victory while looking to keep the Islanders from a third straight road win Tuesday night.
Washington (15-16-1) opened a four-game trip with a 2-1 road loss to streaking Pittsburgh, then won the next three by outscoring Winnipeg and the New York Rangers 13-3.
"This is what we've got to do, if you're going to fight for a playoff spot," said forward Nicklas Backstrom, who scored in regulation and had the shootout winner in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Rangers. "We've got to keep working every game. We're playing better."
The Capitals and Islanders (14-15-3) each have 31 points, two behind the Rangers for the final playoff spot in the East.
"We've been playing good hockey for a while,"said Washington coach Adam Oates, whose team has won five of seven since losing three in a row. "Desperation or solid hockey, I'm not quite sure. Obviously the points are important for everybody."
After yielding 14 goals in three games, the Islanders concluded a 1-3-0 homestand with a 3-0 victory over lowly Florida on Sunday.
"We needed a win," center John Tavares told the team's official website. "Games are starting to quickly tick down and we need the wins. It's good to finish it the right way and get ready for a big road trip."
New York is 6-11-2 at home but 8-4-1 on the road, where it's won four of five. The Islanders open a four-game trip Tuesday and play 11 of their final 16 away from Nassau Coliseum.
"We have to get on a roll and (winning Sunday is) the best way to start it," said New York's Evgeni Nabokov, who made 26 saves for his second shutout in five starts. "We worked hard and we have confidence in ourselves. We look forward to the challenge of what's ahead."
Tavares scored twice, Brad Boyes had two assists and Nabokov stopped 22 shots in a 5-2 home win over Washington on March 9. The Capitals, however, have gone 6-1-1 in their last eight home games versus New York.
Washington heads back out on the road for three games after this contest.
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has six goals and three assists during a five-game point streak. Scoring Tuesday will give him goals in six straight contests for the first time since a six-game run Jan. 13-23, 2008.
Ovechkin was held without a point on Long Island earlier this month, but he has recorded at least one goal in six of seven home games against New York.
Teammate Braden Holtby has allowed five goals while winning three of four. He gave up nine in dropping two of his previous three.
Nabokov, who has posted shutouts in two of his last four road starts, is 11-1-2 with a 2.19 goals-against average against the Capitals.
Tavares has six goals and three assists in 10 games. He's scored four of his six career goals versus Washington in the last two meetings.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 2:22:53 AM EST|