|7||BOSTON||-130||Ov 5.5,+120||-130||Ov 5.5,+125|
|8||WASHINGTON||+110||Un 5.5,-140||+110||Un 5.5,-145|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||12-11-0||-2.4||12-11||-2.4||8-12||2.5||30.4||2.4||27.4|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-3.4||2-3||-3.4||1-3||2.2||37.4||2.2||28.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||46||127||41||43||38||5||11||1487||8.5%||118||17||14.4%||212|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||23||58||21||17||19||1||5||700||8.3%||56||10||17.9%||94|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||4||4||3||0||1||187||5.9%||12||1||8.3%||17|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||102||27||35||35||5||7||1315||7.8%||155||18||11.6%||163|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||55||16||19||18||2||3||630||8.7%||70||6||8.6%||90|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||2||3||5||1||1||144||7.6%||20||4||20.0%||14|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)||14||14||389||358||92.0%||0||9-5||+1.3||9-5-0||+2||5-6|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Road Games)||9||9||228||206||90.4%||0||5-4||-0.2||5-4-0||+1||4-4|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||124||113||91.1%||0||2-2||-1.9||2-2-0||-2||2-0|
|TUUKKA RASK (All Games)||34||32||922||858||93.1%||4||19-13||+0.3||19-13-0||+1||10-20|
|TUUKKA RASK (Road Games)||16||14||399||369||92.5%||0||7-7||-2.2||7-7-0||-3||4-8|
|TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)||4||3||95||90||94.7%||2||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||+1||0-3|
|TIM THOMAS (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TIM THOMAS (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||14-9-0||+3||14-9||+3||10-11||3.2||28.8||2.5||31.3|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1||3-2||+1||3-2||3.4||28.4||2.0||34.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||47||146||38||56||46||6||6||1313||11.1%||159||41||25.8%||252|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||23||74||19||29||23||3||4||662||11.2%||76||19||25.0%||129|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||5||8||4||0||1||142||12.0%||14||4||28.6%||32|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||128||38||46||41||3||2||1517||8.4%||161||36||22.4%||224|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||58||16||25||16||1||1||720||8.1%||69||14||20.3%||101|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||0||5||4||1||1||172||5.8%||19||2||10.5%||15|
|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)||13||12||367||334||91.0%||0||4-8||-4.4||4-8-0||-5||2-10|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Home Games)||6||5||149||135||90.6%||0||2-3||-2.1||2-3-0||-2||1-4|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||138||128||92.8%||0||2-2||+0.2||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 3.05, WASHINGTON 2.91|
|3/31/2013||at BUFFALO||2-0||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/2/2013||OTTAWA||3-2||W||0, -175||W||5 ev||P|
|4/4/2013||NEW JERSEY||1-0||W||0, -185||W||5 un||U|
|4/6/2013||at MONTREAL||1-2||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||U|
|4/8/2013||CAROLINA||6-2||W||0, -250||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/10/2013||at NEW JERSEY||5-4||W||0, -140||W||5 un||O|
|4/11/2013||NY ISLANDERS||1-2||L||0, -150||L||5 ov||U|
|4/13/2013||at CAROLINA||2-4||L||0, -155||L||5 ov||O|
|4/17/2013||BUFFALO||2-3||L||0, -255||L||5 ov||P|
|4/20/2013||PITTSBURGH||2-3||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/21/2013||FLORIDA||3-0||W||0, -350||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/23/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||2-5||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/25/2013||TAMPA BAY||2-0||W||0, -240||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/27/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|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|
|4/25/2013||OTTAWA||1-2||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||U|
LAST SEASON: 49-29-4, 102 points. Lost to Washington 4-3 in first round.
COACH: Claude Julien, 6th season with Bruins, 228-132-50; 10th overall, 347-218-10-73 in NHL.
ADDED: D Dougie Hamilton (rookie). F Chris Bourque.
LOST: G Tim Thomas (suspended). F Marc Savard (concussions).
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Tuukka Rask. With Thomas, the two-time Vezina Trophy winner, opting to take a year off, the Bruins will rely on former backup Rask as the primary goaltender. He won the job from Thomas in 2009-10, posting a 1.97 GAA. Anton Khudobin will be the backup.
OUTLOOK: The Bruins are essentially the same team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago - with the important exception of Thomas. The enigmatic Conn Smythe Trophy winner from the title run surprised the team by deciding to take a year off to rest. He will be placed on the suspended list.
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 (BOSTON-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Bruins-Capitals Preview* =========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Boston (28-13-5) at Washington (26-18-3), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Washington Capitals knocked the Boston Bruins out of last year's playoffs, and now they have a chance to put a dent in their chances for a Northeast Division title.
Washington looks to head into the postseason on a high note Saturday night when they host a Boston team seeking consistency down the stretch.
The Capitals (26-18-3) wrapped up their fifth Southeast Division championship in six years with Tuesday's 5-3 win over Winnipeg and will be the No. 3 seed when the Eastern Conference playoffs begin next week.
Coach Adam Oates didn't discount the fact his team may have played more relaxed in a 2-1 overtime loss to Ottawa on Thursday, though he's confident the players will be ready for the regular-season finale.
"You want to bring your 'A' game because the game is still very fast," Oates said. "You don't want anyone to get hurt because you're not checked into the game as much as you should be. You don't want to let your game slide."
Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 32nd goal and is in position to win his third Maurice Richard Trophy as the league's leading goal scorer. He won his previous two in 2007-08 and 2008-09, the same seasons he was awarded the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP.
Though all that's left for the Capitals is who they will play in the postseason, Ovechkin is hoping for a strong finish.
"Right now I think everyone is trying to play safe to not get hurt," Ovechkin said. "But at the same time we have to play better."
Ovechkin had two goals and three assists in Washington's seven-game playoff victory over the Bruins in last year's playoffs, and a victory Saturday could hurt Boston's chances for its third straight Northeast title.
The Bruins (28-13-5) are tied with Montreal atop the division, though they have one game in hand and will finish their season Sunday at home against Ottawa in a game rescheduled from April 15 due to the Boston Marathon bombings.
They haven't played extremely well of late, having lost five of six prior to Thursday's 2-0 victory over Tampa Bay. Coach Claude Julien was pleased with the way his team responded following a 5-2 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday.
"I'm not looking for perfection," Julien said. "I'm looking for reaction."
Tuukka Rask made 30 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and second in as many starts.
"At the end of the day, a goaltender plays a big role in your success," Julien said. "You need a guy to stand tall and be good, and you need a guy that goes into the playoffs with confidence and hopefully that's what Tuukka's creating here."
Division title or not, Boston still is in good position to have home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
"We have a game Saturday and Sunday, and we can't take a step back right now," Rask said. "We have to move forward and keep going."
Boston led 3-0 after the first period, but Washington scored four unanswered goals - including Eric Fehr's tally in overtime - as the Capitals picked up the win March 5. Braden Holtby made 30 saves in his only regular-season career start versus the Bruins after ousting them in the first round last spring.
Milan Lucic had three assists in Boston's 4-1 win over Washington on March 16, ending the Capitals' three-game regular-season winning streak in the series.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 2:37:34 PM EST|