|9||WASHINGTON||+105||Ov 5,-135||-120||Ov 5,-145|
|10||BUFFALO||-125||Un 5,+115||+100||Un 5,+125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||7-10-0||-1.5||7-10||-1.5||6-10||2.7||27.2||2.9||33.7|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.4||3-2||+1.4||1-3||3.2||24.8||1.6||30.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||33||94||26||30||35||3||1||898||10.5%||112||27||24.1%||165|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||17||46||14||13||17||2||1||463||9.9%||57||13||22.8%||80|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||6||5||4||1||1||124||12.9%||18||4||22.2%||26|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||93||30||35||27||1||1||1045||8.9%||120||27||22.5%||162|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||50||16||16||17||1||0||573||8.7%||71||17||23.9%||88|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||8||4||1||3||0||0||150||5.3%||15||2||13.3%||13|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)||2||1||59||54||91.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Road Games)||2||1||59||54||91.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|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)||24||23||718||658||91.6%||2||13-10||+3.3||13-10-0||+2||10-10|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)||11||10||325||297||91.4%||0||6-4||+3.2||6-4-0||+2||4-5|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||114||108||94.7%||0||3-1||+2.4||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 (Road Games)||6||6||189||172||91.0%||0||1-5||-3.6||1-5-0||-4||1-5|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)||4||3||98||89||90.8%||0||1-2||-0.6||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6-8-0||-3.9||6-8||-3.9||9-5||2.9||31.5||3.1||32.7|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+2.4||3-2||+2.4||2-3||3.0||25.8||2.8||34.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||34||91||22||29||35||5||6||977||9.3%||124||16||12.9%||151|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||14||41||10||12||16||3||4||441||9.3%||57||8||14.0%||68|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||3||7||3||2||1||129||11.6%||20||4||20.0%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||107||24||43||35||5||6||1120||9.6%||135||31||23.0%||172|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||44||9||19||14||2||2||458||9.6%||46||12||26.1%||72|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||4||3||6||1||1||170||8.2%||19||6||31.6%||23|
|JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)||6||5||168||152||90.5%||0||2-3||+0.2||2-3-0||0||2-2|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Home Games)||1||1||33||32||97.0%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||120||111||92.5%||0||2-2||+1.2||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|RYAN MILLER (All Games)||30||29||950||865||91.1%||1||11-18||-7.7||11-18-0||-7||15-13|
|RYAN MILLER (Home Games)||13||13||423||382||90.3%||0||5-8||-5.2||5-8-0||-5||9-4|
|RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||136||125||91.9%||0||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 2.94, BUFFALO 3.07|
|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||2-3||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|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|| |
|4/7/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|4/9/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|3/3/2013||at NY RANGERS||2-3||L||0, +175||L||5 ov||P|
|3/5/2013||at CAROLINA||3-4||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-3||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||P|
|3/10/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||2-3||L||0, +120||L||5.5 ev||U|
|3/12/2013||NY RANGERS||3-1||W||0, +135||W||5 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||OTTAWA||3-4||L||0, -130||L||5 ov||O|
|3/17/2013||at WASHINGTON||3-5||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/19/2013||at MONTREAL||3-2||W||0, +180||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2013||TORONTO||5-4||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/23/2013||at MONTREAL||2-1||W||0, +170||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/26/2013||at TAMPA BAY||1-2||L||0, +105||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/28/2013||at FLORIDA||4-5||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|4/2/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|4/7/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|4/9/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
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.
LAST SEASON: 39-32-11, 89 points. Missed playoffs by finishing ninth in Eastern Conference
COACH: Lindy Ruff, 15th season with Sabres and NHL, 565-422-161.
ADDED: C Steve Ott, LW John Scott, D Adam Pardy, rookie C Mikhail Grigorenko.
LOST: C Derek Roy, RW Brad Boyes.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Grigorenko, 18-year-old Russian-born first-round draft pick, who will be given opportunity to immediately make Sabres roster. Skilled, playmaking center already has 29 goals, 21 assists for 50 points in 30 games for Patrick Roy-coached Quebec of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.
OUTLOOK: Sabres counting on additions of grit (Ott, Scott) and skill - including late-season acquisition of C Cody Hodgson - to improve high-priced under-achieving lineup that was one of NHL's biggest busts last year. Must stay healthy and get consistent goaltending from Ryan Miller, and steady production from top-two lines to start matching free-spending owner Terry Pegula's objective to deliver a winner.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-BUFFALO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Capitals-Sabres Preview* =========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Washington (15-17-1) at Buffalo (13-16-5), 7:00 p.m. EDT
After giving the Washington Capitals a lift during their last road swing, Braden Holtby looks to continue his recent success away from home as they begin another trip.
He might not have to face the Buffalo Sabres' leading scorer in the opener.
Holtby and the Capitals seek their fourth straight road win and a season sweep of the Sabres for the first time in 24 years on Saturday night.
While they appeared to be the verge of falling out of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt with five losses in seven games earlier this month, the Capitals (15-17-1) responded with three straight wins to close out their recent four-game trip.
Washington, however, had its run stopped in a 3-2 home loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
"I don't think we came out with the fire we needed, the intensity we needed," center Matt Hendricks said.
Holtby, though, has two shutouts and a 0.99 goals-against average while winning four of five road starts. He'll try to continue that success in the opener of a three-game trip and lead the Capitals to their first sweep in this series since the 1988-89 season.
He'll catch a break if Buffalo is again without Thomas Vanek, who missed Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss at Florida because of an upper-body injury.
Vanek, who leads the team with 16 goals and 33 points, has four goals and six assists during a nine-game scoring streak against the Capitals.
The injury has come at a bad time for the Sabres (13-16-5), who are tied with Washington for 11th in the East, four points back of the New York Rangers and Islanders for the eighth and final playoff spot.
"There's 28 games on the table, we have to go get them," goalie Ryan Miller said.
Now the Sabres will try to end a two-game skid and build off their 3-0-1 record at home this month. They'll get their first look at the Capitals in Buffalo after losing the first two meetings on the road.
Jason Pominville, who had two assists in a 5-3 loss on March 17, has four goals and eight points in his last eight games against Washington.
The Sabres will likely have to give Miller some support since the Capitals have reached him for eight goals in two games this season.
Miller has just two wins and a 3.14 GAA in his last nine starts and has only three victories and a 2.82 GAA in his last 10 against the Capitals.
Alex Ovechkin has scored in both wins over the Sabres, giving him 19 goals and 31 points in 29 career meetings.
Ovechkin has three power-play goals in the last five meetings and leads Washington with 10 man-advantage goals on the season.
The Capitals are among the NHL's best teams on the power play at 24.1 percent and had scored with a man advantage in five straight contests before failing to convert on three chances against the Islanders.
They should be able to get back on track against the Sabres, who are near the bottom of the league in penalty-kill percentage (77.0) after killing only 11 of 17 penalties over their last four games.
"It's something different every day," coach Ron Rolston said of the team's struggles on the penalty kill.
While the Capitals have won three of four overall in this series, they've lost their last two trips to Buffalo.
|Last Updated: 12/17/2014 3:56:49 PM EST|