|7||WASHINGTON||+135||Ov 5.5,+105||+135||Ov 5.5,+105|
|8||MONTREAL||-155||Un 5.5,-125||-155||Un 5.5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10-11-0||+0.5||10-11||+0.5||10-10||3.0||27.6||3.0||33.0|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3||4-1||+3||4-1||3.8||27.8||2.8||32.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||39||117||30||42||40||5||4||1075||10.9%||135||34||25.2%||200|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||21||63||17||22||21||3||2||580||10.9%||76||20||26.3%||106|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||4||11||3||1||2||139||13.7%||19||6||31.6%||30|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||110||36||39||33||2||1||1232||8.9%||136||33||24.3%||193|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||64||21||19||22||2||0||694||9.2%||83||22||26.5%||113|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||5||2||6||1||0||164||8.5%||14||5||35.7%||26|
|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)||29||28||875||800||91.4%||2||17-11||+6.2||17-11-0||+5||14-11|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)||15||14||446||404||90.6%||0||9-5||+5.2||9-5-0||+4||8-5|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||134||122||91.0%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)||11||10||297||268||90.2%||0||3-7||-4.6||3-7-0||-5||2-8|
|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||117||108||92.3%||0||2-1||+1.4||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||13-7-0||+1.9||13-7||+1.9||7-13||3.0||30.3||2.1||25.8|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.6||4-1||+2.6||1-4||3.2||25.0||1.6||29.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||38||120||34||41||40||5||6||1147||10.5%||156||36||23.1%||204|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||20||61||19||22||18||2||3||606||10.1%||80||19||23.7%||106|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||6||7||3||0||1||125||12.8%||11||5||45.5%||29|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||91||16||43||27||5||4||1036||8.8%||134||24||17.9%||156|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||42||11||17||11||3||0||516||8.1%||77||15||19.5%||74|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||8||2||3||3||0||1||148||5.4%||13||0||0.0%||14|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||8||7||204||187||91.7%||1||5-2||+3.6||5-2-0||+4||4-3|
|PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)||3||3||72||70||97.2%||1||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||0-3|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||4||3||99||92||92.9%||0||3-0||+3.6||3-0-0||+4||2-1|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||31||31||830||760||91.6%||3||20-11||+5.2||20-11-0||+6||15-16|
|CAREY PRICE (Home Games)||17||17||444||404||91.0%||2||10-7||-1||10-7-0||0||7-10|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||113||107||94.7%||1||3-1||+1.6||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 2.87, MONTREAL 3|
|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||4-3||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/31/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||4-5||L||0, +100||L||5.5 ov||O|
|4/2/2013||at CAROLINA||5-3||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/4/2013||NY ISLANDERS||2-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 ev||U|
|4/6/2013||at FLORIDA||4-3||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/7/2013||TAMPA BAY||4-2||W||0, -140||W||5.5 ov||O|
|4/9/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|4/13/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|4/18/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|4/20/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|3/13/2013||OTTAWA||4-3||W||0, -185||W||5 un||O|
|3/16/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-1||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||U|
|3/19/2013||BUFFALO||2-3||L||0, -215||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||5-2||W||0, -140||W||5.5 ov||O|
|3/23/2013||BUFFALO||1-2||L||0, -200||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/26/2013||at PITTSBURGH||0-1||L||0, +135||L||5.5 ev||U|
|3/27/2013||at BOSTON||6-5||W||0, +145||W||5 ov||O|
|3/30/2013||NY RANGERS||3-0||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||U|
|4/1/2013||CAROLINA||4-1||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/3/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-5||L||0, -135||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/4/2013||WINNIPEG||4-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/6/2013||BOSTON||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|4/11/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|4/13/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|4/17/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|4/18/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
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: 31-35-16, 78 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Michel Therrien, 4th season with Canadiens, 77-77-36 (2000-03), 8th overall, 212-182-68 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Colby Armstrong, D Francis Bouillon, LW Brandon Prust.
LOST: C Andreas Engqvist, D Brad Staubitz, LW Mathieu Darche.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Rookie first-round pick Alex Galchenyuk, who was selected with the No. 3 pick in the draft. He's already looking impressive during training camp this week. The Canadiens could use additional scoring punch to take the burden on the line of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Erik Cole, who combined to score 84 of the team's 207 goals.
OUTLOOK: After two coaching changes and a roster upheaval that sent Michael Cammalleri to Calgary, the outlook can only get better after the bottom fell out of Habs last season. Still, too soon to expect full turnaround under new GM Marc Bergevin, who is still retooling the roster that included sending C Scott Gomez home for remainder of season in order for the team to buy out his contract this summer.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-MONTREAL) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Capitals-Canadiens Preview* ============================
Washington (20-17-2) at Montreal (25-8-5), 7:30 p.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin's game had grown so stale and incomplete that, a year ago, he was being benched late in games.
The two-time MVP's performances are back to being predictable - in a way the Washington Capitals have to love.
After scoring five times in his last two games to grab a share of the NHL goal-scoring lead, Ovechkin tries to help the Capitals remain alone atop the Southeast Division on Tuesday night when they visit the Northeast-leading Montreal Canadiens.
The 27-year-old Russian found himself benched by defensive-minded coach Dale Hunter at times late in games last season, particularly when the Capitals (20-17-2) held a lead.
Enter Adam Oates, who moved Ovechkin from left wing to right wing and endured a miserable start to a season shortened by a labor dispute. Oates now has the Capitals - and Ovechkin - back on track. Washington has taken over first place in the Southeast, and Ovechkin looks like the Alexander the Great of old, netting 16 goals in 14 games to move into a tie for the NHL's goal-scoring lead with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos.
Sounds like the risky move has paid off.
"He never met me before," Oates said of Ovechkin. "And I totally respect who he is, and what he's accomplished. And when you suggest something like that, it has to be a meeting of the minds and private conversations, and he had to trust me. It takes a little time, and obviously I hope he does now. We're going in the right direction."
The Capitals' run of five consecutive playoff appearances was in danger of coming to an end after a 2-8-1 start. Their play was uneven and ragged through February, and Oates said on Feb. 26 that his players were only about "60-70 percent" along the way toward getting his system down pat.
Then, sometime in March, Oates figured they were there - or at least close enough.
"Quite honestly, for the last month, we didn't talk about it," Oates said. "It's just the way we play. It's not my system or anybody's, it's just the way we play hockey. The guys know it, and when we make mistakes, it's just a team making mistakes, that's it."
Central to the turnaround is Ovechkin, who is getting the puck in different positions and no longer relies heavily on the same familiar moves to try to beat an opponent. He has 25 goals in 39 games - a 50-plus-goal pace over an 82-game season that evokes memories of his MVP seasons of 2007-08 and 2008-09.
And there's no more limiting his minutes with a lead. He was still out there when the Capitals were holding on to a one-goal lead late against Tampa Bay on Sunday. Ovechkin scored an empty-netter - his second goal of the game - to finish off the 4-2 win.
The Capitals were held off the board until the 17:37 mark of the third period in their only other meeting with Montreal (25-8-5) this season. That Joey Crabb goal came far too late in a 4-1 loss, Washington's first in regulation in this regular-season series since February 2010 after a 7-0-1 stretch.
While the Capitals are two points ahead of Winnipeg for the Southeast lead, the Canadiens are trying to stave off Boston atop the Northeast. Montreal grabbed the lead by a point with Saturday's 2-1 win over the Bruins, their second one-goal victory in the series in 11 days.
Starting with that first victory over Boston, the Canadiens have won five of their last six.
"We're finding ways to win games," center Lars Eller said. "... There's a lot to like about this team. Really. But there are still 10 games to go, and if you want to go to the Stanley Cup finals you have to be good enough to beat every team. You want to finish with as good a record as you can and feel good going in, and this one felt really good."
Not all is well with Montreal, however. The Canadiens found out Monday defenseman Alexei Emelin will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament suffered in a collision with Boston's Milan Lucic on Saturday.
Emelin had 12 points this season, but Montreal isn't hurting for offensive production lately thanks to Michael Ryder and P.K. Subban. Ryder has six goals and an assist in his last six games, and Subban has a goal and nine assists in that same stretch.
Subban has only one point - an assist - in eight career games against Washington.
Ovechkin has one goal in the series' last four contests.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 9:38:20 AM EST|