|3||CAROLINA||+170||Ov 5.5,-110||+155||Ov 5.5,-110|
|4||WASHINGTON||-200||Un 5.5,-110||-175||Un 5.5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||9-10-0||-0.2||9-10||-0.2||8-11||2.6||30.7||3.0||32.5|
|Last 5 Games||0-5-0||-5.3||0-5||-5.3||3-1||1.8||39.6||5.0||31.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||39||102||28||37||36||1||7||1261||8.1%||141||18||12.8%||170|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||19||49||11||15||22||1||5||583||8.4%||67||9||13.4%||81|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||4||1||4||0||0||198||4.5%||15||3||20.0%||16|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||15||31||14||8||9||0||1||509||6.1%||54||4||7.4%||51|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||126||37||38||49||2||8||1233||10.2%||130||30||23.1%||210|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||57||21||18||16||2||4||618||9.2%||63||15||23.8%||100|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||25||6||12||7||0||2||157||15.9%||13||3||23.1%||42|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||51||13||17||21||0||1||453||11.3%||42||10||23.8%||84|
|DAN ELLIS (All Games)||16||14||441||398||90.2%||1||4-10||-7.8||4-10-0||-8||5-7|
|DAN ELLIS (Road Games)||6||4||155||142||91.6%||0||1-3||-1.8||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|DAN ELLIS (vs. Division)||7||6||178||156||87.6%||0||0-6||-8||0-6-0||-8||3-3|
|DAN ELLIS (Last 4 Games)||4||3||99||84||84.8%||0||0-3||-3.3||0-3-0||-3||1-1|
|JUSTIN PETERS (All Games)||13||10||308||277||89.9%||0||3-7||-4.4||3-7-0||-4||5-5|
|JUSTIN PETERS (Road Games)||6||6||153||139||90.8%||0||2-4||-2||2-4-0||-2||2-4|
|JUSTIN PETERS (vs. Division)||5||4||134||123||91.8%||0||2-2||-0.3||2-2-0||0||0-4|
|JUSTIN PETERS (Last 4 Games)||4||2||56||48||85.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|CAM WARD (All Games)||17||15||477||433||90.8%||2||9-6||+2.6||9-6-0||+2||8-7|
|CAM WARD (Road Games)||11||9||307||281||91.5%||2||6-3||+3.4||6-3-0||+3||4-5|
|CAM WARD (vs. Division)||6||5||140||123||87.9%||1||2-3||-2||2-3-0||-2||2-3|
|CAM WARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||106||100||94.3%||1||3-1||+2.2||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||10-8-0||+0.2||10-8||+0.2||7-9||3.0||27.5||2.6||29.9|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5.4||5-0||+5.4||3-2||3.6||27.4||2.2||31.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||40||120||30||44||41||5||4||1102||10.9%||136||34||25.0%||206|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||18||54||13||20||19||2||2||495||10.9%||59||14||23.7%||94|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||18||3||12||2||1||2||137||13.1%||13||4||30.8%||31|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||15||59||16||23||19||1||1||432||13.7%||46||16||34.8%||107|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||112||37||39||34||2||1||1261||8.9%||137||33||24.1%||197|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||46||15||20||11||0||1||538||8.6%||53||11||20.8%||80|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||4||2||5||0||0||159||6.9%||11||4||36.4%||21|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||34||13||9||12||0||1||479||7.1%||51||9||17.6%||58|
|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 (vs. Division)||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)||29||28||875||800||91.4%||2||17-11||+6.2||17-11-0||+5||14-11|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)||14||14||429||396||92.3%||2||8-6||+1.1||8-6-0||+1||6-6|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (vs. Division)||13||13||410||381||92.9%||2||10-3||+7||10-3-0||+6||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)||12||11||326||295||90.5%||0||4-7||-3.2||4-7-0||-4||2-9|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Home Games)||5||4||108||96||88.9%||0||2-2||-0.9||2-2-0||-1||1-3|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (vs. Division)||2||2||68||64||94.1%||0||2-0||+2.4||2-0-0||+2||1-1|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||135||125||92.6%||0||3-1||+2.8||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CAROLINA 3.13, WASHINGTON 2.91|
|3/16/2013||at TAMPA BAY||1-4||L||0, -110||L||6 un||U|
|3/18/2013||at NY RANGERS||1-2||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/19/2013||FLORIDA||1-4||L||0, -180||L||5.5 ev||U|
|3/21/2013||NEW JERSEY||1-4||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||P|
|3/26/2013||WINNIPEG||1-4||L||0, -135||L||6 un||U|
|3/28/2013||at TORONTO||3-6||L||0, +120||L||5.5 ev||O|
|3/30/2013||at WINNIPEG||3-1||W||0, +115||W||5.5 ev||U|
|4/1/2013||at MONTREAL||1-4||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/2/2013||WASHINGTON||3-5||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/4/2013||TAMPA BAY||0-5||L||0, -125||L||5.5 ov||U|
|4/6/2013||NY RANGERS||1-4||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||P|
|4/8/2013||at BOSTON||2-6||L||0, +210||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/9/2013||PITTSBURGH||3-5||L||0, +145||L||5.5 ev||O|
|4/11/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|4/16/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|4/18/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|4/21/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|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||3-2||W||0, +135||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/13/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|4/18/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|4/20/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
LAST SEASON: 33-33-16, 82 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 12th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Kirk Muller, 2nd season overall and with Hurricanes, 25-20-12.
ADDED: C Jordan Staal, LW Alexander Semin, RW Kevin Westgarth, D Joe Corvo, G Dan Ellis.
LOST: C Brandon Sutter, D Bryan Allen, D Derek Joslin, D Jaroslav Spacek, G Brian Boucher, RW Anthony Stewart.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Eric Staal. The team captain and face of the franchise blossomed after Muller took over two months into last season, with 19 goals and 40 assists in the final 57 games. With his younger brother on the team and veteran Semin on his line, Staal should have enough pieces around him to carry the team to the playoffs.
OUTLOOK: The Hurricanes have made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup, but the additions of Jordan Staal and Semin should give them enough quality offensive depth to reach the postseason - even in a tough Southeast Division.
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 (CAROLINA-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Hurricanes-Capitals Preview* =============================
Carolina (16-21-2) at Washington (21-17-2), 7:00 p.m. EDT
(AP) - The puck keeps going in for Alex Ovechkin, and the Washington Capitals have used his goal-scoring binge to surge to the top of the Southeast Division.
Ovechkin looks to lead Washington to its sixth straight victory Thursday night when it hosts a Carolina Hurricanes team that has gone from the top of the division to near the bottom of the Eastern Conference in less than a month.
The Capitals (21-17-2) are 5-0-0 in April and Ovechkin has eight goals in that span, giving him 26 on the season and moving him into a tie for first in the NHL with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos.
Ovechkin scored for the sixth time in three games Tuesday night as the Capitals won 3-2 at Montreal. Washington stayed two points ahead of Winnipeg atop the Southeast, with a game in hand.
"It's big two points for us right now," said two-time Hart Trophy winner Ovechkin, whose level of play looks to be back near its peak after dipping the last two seasons. "We beat a team in front of us (in the standings).
"We know we can good teams. If we play hard and play our system it gives us results."
The center on Ovechkin's line, Nicklas Backstrom, picked up two assists Tuesday and has 11 points - all assists - in the last five games. Eric Fehr and Jack Hillen also scored for Washington, which is 9-1-1 in its last 11.
Hillen's goal gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead with less than 15 minutes to go in the game, but they had to hold on for the win after allowing the Canadiens to score with just over three minutes remaining.
"We knew they were going to make a push, which they did," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "The building gets electric and it gets hard to play here. It's great for the guys to fight through that and experience that, because it's going to help down the road."
After a 4-0 win at Washington on March 12, Carolina held a three-point lead over Winnipeg for first place in the Southeast. A 1-12-1 tailspin has followed, and the Hurricanes (16-21-2) are now 10 points behind the Capitals in the division and in 14th in the East - two points in front of last-place Florida.
Carolina has lost six straight in regulation - three shy of the team record - after falling 5-3 to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
"I don't want to necessarily make excuses or say we're not getting bounces or things aren't necessarily going our way," defenseman Justin Faulk said. "Obviously, they're not. We're not getting in the win column. But we're working. We've just got to find a way to get by this slump, I guess."
It's easy to spot the turning point of the season. Carolina took a 2-0 lead in the first period against hated division rival Washington on March 14, but it's been all downhill after that.
The Capitals rallied for a 3-2 win that started this 14-game stretch in which the Hurricanes have been outscored 56-23 during a slump that has lasted for nearly one-third of the shortened 48-game season.
The stat sheet gives plenty of reason for their struggles. Their power-play unit, a season-long problem, ranks 26th in the league while their penalty kill is 28th.
They're throwing plenty of pucks at the net - the let-it-rip Hurricanes rank second in the NHL with an average of 32 shots - but are only averaging 2.6 goals while giving up 3.2 per game, third-worst in the league.
"I think every night for the last four to five games, we've come ready to compete and really, we're just coming out on the wrong end," forward Riley Nash said. "It's tough to watch because all these guys compete so hard and the leadership's there. It's just really tough."
Washington has won three of four meetings this season, with Ovechkin registering three goals and three assists.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 11:00:18 PM EST|