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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 10/3/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
CALGARY
 
WASHINGTON
PK  

PK  


5.5
 
4
Final
5

CALGARY (0-0-0-0, 0 pts.) at WASHINGTON (0-1-0-0, 0 pts.)
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Thursday, 10/3/2013 7:05 PM
#1 GOALTENDERS: CALGARY - KARRI RAMO, WASHINGTON - BRADEN HOLTBY
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
1CALGARY+175Ov 5.5,-110+180Ov 5.5,-115
2WASHINGTON-205Un 5.5,-110-215Un 5.5,-105
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
CALGARY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games0-0-000-000-00000
Team Stats (Road Games)0-0-000-000-00000
Last 5 Games0-0-000-000-00000
CALGARY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)000000000.0%000.0%0
Team Stats (Road Games)000000000.0%000.0%0
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)000000000.0%000.0%0
Stats Against (All Games) 00000000.0%000.0%0
Stats Against (Road Games) 00000000.0%000.0%0
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 00000000.0%000.0%0
CALGARY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
JOEY MACDONALD (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JOEY MACDONALD (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JOEY MACDONALD(vs. Non-Conference)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JOEY MACDONALD (Last 4 Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KARRI RAMO (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KARRI RAMO (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KARRI RAMO(vs. Non-Conference)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0

WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games0-1-0-10-1-11-04.032.06.034.0
Team Stats (Home Games)0-0-000-000-00000
Last 5 Games0-1-0-10-1-11-04.032.06.034.0
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)14112003212.5%6350.0%7
Team Stats (Home Games)000000000.0%000.0%0
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)14112003212.5%6350.0%7
Stats Against (All Games) 6213013417.6%4125.0%10
Stats Against (Home Games) 00000000.0%000.0%0
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 6213013417.6%4125.0%10
WASHINGTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)11342985.3%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
BRADEN HOLTBY(vs. Non-Conference)11342985.3%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)11342985.3%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MICHAL NEUVIRTH(vs. Non-Conference)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
Average power rating of opponents played: CALGARY 0,  WASHINGTON 4.69
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
CALGARY - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
10/3/2013at WASHINGTON 
10/4/2013at COLUMBUS 
10/6/2013VANCOUVER 
10/9/2013MONTREAL 
10/11/2013NEW JERSEY 

WASHINGTON - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
10/1/2013at CHICAGO4-6L0, +145L5.5 unO
10/3/2013CALGARY 
10/5/2013at DALLAS 
10/10/2013CAROLINA 
10/12/2013COLORADO 
10/14/2013EDMONTON 
KEY GAME INFORMATION
CALGARY: CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Flames coach Bob Hartley acknowledged the obvious when he publicly praised the selection of defenseman Mark Giordano as Calgary's captain.

``Mark represents all the qualities that we set as a coaching staff and an organization,'' Hartley said. ``He is a quality man who is proud to represent the Calgary Flames both on and off the ice. We are very happy with (him) setting the example for our team, and especially our young players, as we move through this crucial yet exciting period in the history of the Flames franchise.''
Indeed, they will need all the help they can get. Calgary is coming off another disappointing season, and there are fewer and fewer stars around the locker room these days.
The Flames launched a complete rebuilding of the franchise at the trade deadline last season, and continued the overhaul during the offseason with a series of trades. A playoff berth doesn't seem likely this year, but Calgary will have a foundation for the future, if nothing else.
The Flames open vs. Washington on Oct. 3.

WASHINGTON: ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - The patches of white in Alex Ovechkin's black hair are growing more pronounced.
He turned 28 this month, he is the captain of the Washington Capitals, and while the Russian wing is coming off a third NHL MVP trophy, what he does not have at this point is much in the way of playoff success.

``Of course it's hard (to) realize you're getting older. And, of course, you always want to be 24, 23 years old,'' Ovechkin said. ``But it's impossible. So you just move on.''
Eventually embracing the shift from left to right wing at the behest of rookie coach Adam Oates, Ovechkin led the Capitals into the postseason for the sixth consecutive time last spring. What also happened to Ovechkin and Washington for the sixth consecutive time: a first- or second-round exit.

``You can't say, like, `We're going to win the Stanley Cup. Of course, we would love to win the Stanley Cup. ... We're going to try to do it,'' Ovechkin said. ``But we just have to play every game like it's (our) last game.''
Very little has changed about the roster in the four-plus months since a 5-0 home loss in Game 7 of Washington's first-round series against the New York Rangers. Ask around the organization about what the expectations or aims should be for the Capitals during the 2013-14 season and, not surprisingly, the responses will vary.
Owner Ted Leonsis just hopes his team doesn't take for granted that it will reach the playoffs.
General manager George McPhee said: ``The objective always is to make the playoffs to give yourself a chance. And we'd love to go deep, and we'd love to win a cup.''
And forward Brooks Laich made quite clear his feeling that no one associated with the club should be satisfied by merely making it deeper into the playoffs than the Capitals have in the recent past.

``We're not looking to just get through the second round. If we do that and we go home ... after the third round, we're not going home and patting ourselves on the back,'' Laich said. ``The expectation within that locker room is to win the Stanley Cup.''
The Capitals open at the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 1.

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

*Flames-Capitals Preview* =========================

By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer

Calgary (0-0-0) at Washington (0-1-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT

With several familiar faces no longer around, the Calgary Flames could be in for a bumpy ride this season.

The Washington Capitals already experienced some turmoil in their opener.

The Flames try to avoid a fourth consecutive season-opening loss Thursday night against the Capitals, who are hoping to bring a better effort on home ice.

After trading away longtime captain Jarome Iginla before last season's deadline, Calgary officially lost former Vezina Trophy winner Miikka Kiprusoff to retirement last month. Forward Alex Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich are also gone, leaving the Flames in a state of uncertainty.

"We're going to play hard. We're going to compete hard," general manager Jay Feaster told the team's official website. "We're going to go out there with the expectation of winning. We are not going to go out with the expectation of, 'Oh, we're young,' or, 'Oh, we're rebuilding and therefore results don't matter.' Results do matter."

Calgary will be counting on contributions from newcomers David Jones, Shane O'Brien, and T.J Galiardi, along with Karri Ramo, who was signed to help fill Kiprusoff's void. Ramo, though, hasn't appeared in the NHL since going 4-10-7 for Tampa Bay in 2008-09.

Veteran defenseman Mark Giordano was named team captain.

"Mark represents all the qualities that we set as a coaching staff and an organization," said coach Bob Hartley, who guided the club to a 19-25-4 record in his first season behind the bench in 2012-13.

"He is a quality man who is proud to represent the Calgary Flames both on and off the ice. We are very happy with (him) setting the example for our team, and especially our young players, as we move through this crucial yet exciting period in the history of the Flames franchise."

The Flames have been outscored by a combined 13-4 score in losing their last three season openers.

The Capitals (0-1-0), meanwhile, had the unenviable task of opening their season Tuesday at Chicago after the Blackhawks raised their Stanley Cup championship banner. Mikhail Grabovski's third goal of the game early in the third period gave Washington a 4-3 lead, but Chicago scored three unanswered en route to a 6-4 victory.

"We need to learn from our mistakes what we did," Grabovski said. "We just need to play better the next game."

Braden Holtby, who went 9-1-0 in his final 10 regular-season games last year, stopped 29 of 34 shots. The Saskatchewan native, though, took solace in the team's performance against the defending Stanley Cup champs.

"Any time you face a team of that caliber, it's good," Holtby told the team's official website. "It's a good measuring stick. And we know we can stick with them.

"That's about as much confidence as we can get out of a loss as possible. We know we can stay with the Blackhawks, so we know we can take it to most of the other teams in the league and win a lot of games this season."

The Capitals are 7-2-0 with one tie against the Flames since 2002, and at least one of their players is especially excited about this showdown.

"Obviously I've grown up watching them since I was a little guy. I definitely have sort of a nostalgic, sensitive spot there with Calgary," defenseman and Calgary native Mike Green said.

"It should be a good game; we're excited. (Tuesday) night was an intense game; the energy was through the roof. The speed was as fast as I've ever seen it. It made for a good game. We obviously didn't get the outcome we wanted, but we feel we're playing good hockey. So we're excited to play (Thursday) night."

Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist Tuesday and has six goals with six assists in six career matchups versus Calgary.

The Capitals had won 10 straight home openers before falling 4-2 to Winnipeg last season.


Last Updated: 10/21/2014 2:22:52 AM EST


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