|3||OTTAWA||+130||Ov 5,-140||+100||Ov 5,-150|
|4||WASHINGTON||-150||Un 5,+120||-120||Un 5,+130|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-14-0||-5||8-14||-5||7-13||2.3||33.6||2.5||32.5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.6||3-2||+0.6||0-4||2.0||33.6||2.0||26.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||45||109||30||40||34||5||10||1484||7.3%||145||24||16.6%||182|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||22||51||12||18||19||2||4||739||6.9%||74||12||16.2%||86|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||1||7||2||0||1||168||6.0%||17||1||5.9%||15|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||99||32||25||36||6||6||1421||7.0%||162||19||11.7%||165|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||56||22||14||17||3||4||716||7.8%||84||11||13.1%||95|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||2||4||4||0||0||132||7.6%||19||2||10.5%||15|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (All Games)||22||22||632||595||94.1%||4||12-10||+0.9||12-10-0||+1||3-17|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (Road Games)||9||9||253||237||93.7%||2||3-6||-3.2||3-6-0||-4||1-8|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||99||89||89.9%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||0||0-3|
|ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)||11||11||388||363||93.6%||0||4-7||-2.8||4-7-0||-3||3-4|
|ROBIN LEHNER (Road Games)||7||7||266||249||93.6%||0||2-5||-2.8||2-5-0||-3||2-3|
|ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||137||126||92.0%||0||2-2||-0.2||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||14-8-0||+4.2||14-8||+4.2||10-10||3.3||29.2||2.5||30.9|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.2||4-1||+3.2||4-1||4.4||32.0||2.6||34.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||46||145||38||56||45||6||6||1293||11.2%||158||41||25.9%||250|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||22||73||19||29||22||3||4||642||11.4%||75||19||25.3%||127|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||22||8||10||3||1||1||160||13.7%||18||6||33.3%||40|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||126||38||45||41||2||2||1476||8.5%||156||35||22.4%||220|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||56||16||24||16||0||1||679||8.2%||64||13||20.3%||97|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||0||6||7||0||1||171||7.6%||16||1||6.2%||21|
|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)||35||34||1089||1001||91.9%||2||22-12||+10.5||22-12-0||+9||18-13|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)||18||18||570||527||92.5%||2||12-6||+5.1||12-6-0||+5||9-7|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||130||123||94.6%||0||3-1||+2.2||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 (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: OTTAWA 3.03, WASHINGTON 2.91|
|3/30/2013||TORONTO||0-4||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/2/2013||at BOSTON||2-3||L||0, +155||L||5 ev||P|
|4/5/2013||at BUFFALO||2-4||L||0, -135||L||5 ov||O|
|4/7/2013||at FLORIDA||1-2||L||0, -155||L||5 ov||U|
|4/9/2013||at TAMPA BAY||2-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/11/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-1||W||0, +115||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/12/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-0||W||0, +125||W||5 un||U|
|4/16/2013||CAROLINA||3-2||W||0, -170||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/18/2013||WASHINGTON||3-1||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||U|
|4/20/2013||TORONTO||1-4||L||0, -140||L||5 ov||P|
|4/22/2013||PITTSBURGH||1-3||L||0, -125||L||5 ov||U|
|4/25/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|4/28/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|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|
|4/11/2013||CAROLINA||3-1||W||0, -170||W||5.5 ev||U|
|4/13/2013||TAMPA BAY||6-5||W||0, -155||W||6 un||O|
|4/16/2013||TORONTO||5-1||W||0, -160||W||5.5 ov||O|
|4/18/2013||at OTTAWA||1-3||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||U|
|4/20/2013||at MONTREAL||5-1||W||0, +130||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/23/2013||WINNIPEG||5-3||W||0, -205||W||5.5 ev||O|
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.
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 (OTTAWA-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Senators confirming D Karlsson will play.)
*Senators-Capitals Preview* ===========================
By CHRIS ALTRUDA STATS Editor
Ottawa (23-16-6) at Washington (26-18-2), 7:00 p.m. EDT
Claiming the Southeast Division title was an impressive feat for the Washington Capitals given their slow start.
Reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, meanwhile, will try to provide a huge boost to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night as they seek the victory that would reward them with a postseason spot of their own.
In this compressed lockout season, reaching the playoffs - let alone claiming the division - was a steep challenge to the Capitals after a brutal 2-8-1 start under first-year coach Adam Oates.
While playing in the mediocre Southeast gave Washington (26-18-2) some time to right itself, having Alexander Ovechkin return to playing at a superstar level after finding a comfort zone following his switch from right to left wing was a huge factor in tearing to a fifth division title in six seasons.
Ovechkin assisted on Nicklas Backstrom's go-ahead goal before scoring an empty-netter that capped a 5-3 win Tuesday night over Winnipeg that also clinched the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
"He's played great the last couple months, as we talked about his willingness to change positions for the team and for what I think will make him a better player," Oates said of Ovechkin, who has 13 goals and six assists in helping the Capitals win 10 of 11.
"He's had a good two months and he's pulled us along and all 20 guys have gotten better because of it. He's given us a lot of confidence, but like he's said, he's one piece of it - it's 20 guys."
Ovechkin echoed his coaches thoughts, noting the contributions of Matt Hendricks, Mathieu Perreault and Jason Chimera after each scored Tuesday.
"They played unbelievable," he said. "They scored a huge three goals for us. (Chimera) can't score almost all year and right now we need him to score and he's scoring goals. I hope that's going to give him more confidence."
Ovechkin's only off game recently came in Washington's lone loss this month, a 3-1 defeat last Thursday at Ottawa in which he had a minus-3 rating. The Senators (23-16-6) have dropped both their games since that victory, including 3-1 to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
But Karlsson's return for this game - he fully participated in the team's morning skate Thursday before the team tweeted he will play - from a lacerated Achilles tendon suffered Feb. 13 could be a sorely needed jolt to their offense from the blue line.
Ottawa has scored two goals in its last two games, converted 3 of 44 power plays in losing seven of 11 and failed to tally more than three goals in any of its last 13.
Karlsson, who was 10th in the league in scoring and easily led all defensemen with 78 points in 2011-12, had six goals and four assists in 14 games prior to the injury. He was expected to be sidelined from 4-to-6 months but likely will be with Marc Methot as Ottawa's top defense pairing.
The Senators can also clinch a playoff berth if Winnipeg loses in regulation to Montreal on Thursday night.
Craig Anderson, who made 31 saves in a 3-2 win over Washington in the other meeting Jan. 29, will start for Ottawa. He had 18 saves last Thursday in his third straight victory over the Capitals.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 12:57:34 AM EST|