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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 4/18/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



WASHINGTON (24-17-0-2, 50 pts.) at OTTAWA (22-14-0-6, 50 pts.)
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Thursday, 4/18/2013 7:35 PM
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57WASHINGTON+100Ov 5.5,+115+100Ov 5,-140
58OTTAWA-120Un 5.5,-135-120Un 5,+120
WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games24-19-0+5.124-19+5.119-
Team Stats (Road Games)11-11-0+1.911-11+1.910-
Last 5 Games5-0-0+5.45-0+5.43-
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)4313434514365120811.1%1513925.8%230
Team Stats (Road Games)22661724223260710.9%772026.0%112
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)52141241217112.3%18527.8%37
Stats Against (All Games) 1193841382113758.7%1453423.4%211
Stats Against (Road Games) 66221923207239.1%842226.2%117
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 11335001736.4%11218.2%22
WASHINGTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)21595491.5%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Road Games)21595491.5%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)21595491.5%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)323198990791.7%220-11+9.220-11-0+816-12
BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)151444640490.6%09-5+5.29-5-0+48-5
BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)4414413493.1%04-0+44-0-0+43-1
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)121132629590.5%04-7-3.24-7-0-42-9
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Road Games)7721819991.3%02-5-2.32-5-0-31-6
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)4413512592.6%03-1+2.83-1-0+21-3

OTTAWA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games22-20-0+222-20+210-252.532.42.232.3
Team Stats (Home Games)14-6-0+714-6+73-122.631.11.732.0
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.83-2+0.80-
OTTAWA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)421043037325913617.6%1342317.2%175
Team Stats (Home Games)2053181913356228.5%601118.3%89
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)511443011537.2%2129.5%18
Stats Against (All Games) 913022336613566.7%1511811.9%153
Stats Against (Home Games) 358816326405.5%67710.4%58
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 8143001336.0%18422.2%14
OTTAWA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CRAIG ANDERSON (All Games)191956753894.9%411-8+2.611-8-0+23-15
CRAIG ANDERSON (Home Games)101031430195.9%28-2+5.88-2-0+62-7
CRAIG ANDERSON (Last 4 Games)4410810193.5%02-2-0.32-2-0-10-4
ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)111138836393.6%04-7-2.84-7-0-33-4
ROBIN LEHNER (Home Games)4412211493.4%02-202-2-001-1
ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)4413712692.0%02-2-0.22-2-002-1
Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 2.88,  OTTAWA 2.99
3/22/2013at WINNIPEG6-1W0, +120W5.5 unO
3/24/2013at NY RANGERS3-2W0, +135W5 ovP
3/26/2013NY ISLANDERS2-3L0, -140L5.5 unU
3/30/2013at BUFFALO4-3W0, -120W5 ovO
3/31/2013at PHILADELPHIA4-5L0, +100L5.5 ovO
4/2/2013at CAROLINA5-3W0, -115W5.5 unO
4/4/2013NY ISLANDERS2-1W0, -150W5.5 evU
4/6/2013at FLORIDA4-3W0, -140W5.5 unO
4/7/2013TAMPA BAY4-2W0, -140W5.5 ovO
4/9/2013at MONTREAL3-2W0, +135W5.5 unU
4/11/2013CAROLINA3-1W0, -170W5.5 evU
4/13/2013TAMPA BAY6-5W0, -155W6 unO
4/16/2013TORONTO5-1W0, -160W5.5 ovO
4/18/2013at OTTAWA 
4/20/2013at MONTREAL 

OTTAWA - Schedule
3/23/2013TAMPA BAY5-3W0, -135W5.5 unO
3/25/2013NEW JERSEY3-2W0, -140W5 unP
3/28/2013NY RANGERS3-0W0, +100W5 unU
3/30/2013TORONTO0-4L0, -130L5.5 unU
4/2/2013at BOSTON2-3L0, +155L5 evP
4/5/2013at BUFFALO2-4L0, -135L5 ovO
4/7/2013at FLORIDA1-2L0, -155L5 ovU
4/9/2013at TAMPA BAY2-3L0, +115L5.5 unU
4/11/2013at PHILADELPHIA3-1W0, +115W5.5 unU
4/12/2013at NEW JERSEY2-0W0, +125W5 unU
4/16/2013CAROLINA3-2W0, -170W5.5 unU
4/25/2013at WASHINGTON 
4/28/2013at BOSTON 

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: 41-31-10, 92 points. Lost to New York Rangers 4-3 in first round

COACH: Paul MacLean, 2nd season with Senators and NHL, 41-31-10.

ADDED: RW Guillaume Latendresse, D Marc Methot, D Mike Lundin.

LOST: LW Nick Foligno, C Zenon Konopka, LW Nikita Filatov, D Matt Carkner, D Filip Kuba.

PLAYER TO WATCH: D Erik Karlsson's continued emergence as the NHL's top play-making defenseman. The 22-year-old Swede won his first Norris Trophy in only his second NHL season after leading all blue-liners with 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists).

OUTLOOK: A surprising run to the playoffs led to captain Daniel Alfredsson's decision to put off retirement for at least one more season. The Senators have the capacity to build on last year under the firm direction of MacLean, the longtime Red Wings' assistant, who had an impressive debut as a first-time head coach.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-OTTAWA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Capitals-Senators Preview* ===========================


Washington (24-17-2) at Ottawa (22-14-6), 7:30 p.m. EDT

Alex Ovechkin is playing like an MVP while pacing the NHL in goals as the streaking Washington Capitals sit atop their division.

Yes, things are beginning to sound like days past in the nation's capital.

Washington seeks a ninth consecutive victory as it goes on the road looking to snap the Ottawa Senators' three-game winning streak Thursday night in a possible first-round playoff preview.

Ovechkin finished with a career-worst 65 points as Washington's four-season reign as Southeast Division champion came to an end in 2011-12.

It seemed the Capitals' five-year playoff run also was in jeopardy after Ovechkin had just three goals during a 2-8-1 start to 2013 under first-year coach Adam Oates.

Ovechkin, though, has come alive in the second half of the season with 19 goals and nine assists over his last 18 games. The captain has helped guide Washington (24-17-2) to its longest winning streak since a nine-game run Feb. 26-March 15, 2011, and a four-point lead atop the division over second-place Winnipeg.

The Capitals' current 12-1-1 stretch began with a sweep of back-to-back road games versus the Jets on March 21 and 22.

Ovechkin had a goal and an assist for the second straight game in Tuesday's 5-1 win over Toronto. His 28 goals lead the league with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos one behind.

Oates believes Ovechkin has a chance to win his third Hart Trophy.

"I'm obviously very biased about that, so my answer would be, yeah, absolutely," Oates said of Ovechkin, who won back-to-back MVPs in 2008 and '09. "Alex has really led our team. You see it every night now."

Though the Capitals' 50 points equal the Senators for sixth in the Eastern Conference, Washington would have home-ice advantage in a playoff series between the teams if it gets the No. 3 seed for winning the Southeast.

"To get a decisive win (Tuesday), it shows us that we belong (among the top playoff seeds)," said forward Troy Brouwer, who has four goals over his last three games.

Ottawa (22-14-6) trails Toronto by three points for the fifth seed but has seemed to get back on track after dropping a season-worst five straight March 30-April 9.

The Senators are getting healthier, too. Defenseman Jared Cowen played for the first time all season and forward Milan Michalek scored for the second straight game following a 15-game absence in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Carolina.

Cowen, expected to miss the entire season after having hip surgery in November, got back into the groove by fighting twice.

"I was looking to get some bumps and feel a little more comfortable," Cowen said. "It was a couple more bumps than I was expecting but it was good and it went well for me."

Michalek had been out after having arthroscopic right knee surgery.

"I'm just trying to get back in game shape. So far it's going good and hopefully it will keep going that way," said Michalek, who had a team-high 35 goals last season. "I've been injured a lot and had some bad luck. Hopefully it's turning."

Michalek scored the tying goal as Ottawa overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Washington 3-2 on Jan. 29 in the teams' lone meeting this season. Craig Anderson, who has an NHL-best 1.55 goals-against average, made 31 saves in that contest and is 4-1-1 with a 2.17 GAA in his last six starts versus the Capitals.

Washington could counter with Braden Holtby, who has won his last six starts while posting a 2.28 GAA.

Tuesday's win opened a four-game homestand for Ottawa, which is 14-3-3 at home.

Last Updated: 5/20/2018 4:37:42 PM EST

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