|7||TAMPA BAY||+120||Ov 5.5,+100||+120||Ov 5.5,+110|
|8||WASHINGTON||-140||Un 5.5,-120||-140||Un 5.5,-130|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6-8-0||-0.8||6-8||-0.8||4-10||1.9||29.4||2.6||29.6|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.4||2-3||-1.4||1-4||1.6||26.6||1.8||28.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||29||80||20||26||28||6||6||803||10.0%||101||16||15.8%||131|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||14||26||4||9||8||5||3||412||6.3%||45||5||11.1%||42|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||1||4||3||0||1||133||6.0%||14||1||7.1%||12|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||70||14||29||25||2||3||857||8.2%||101||15||14.9%||108|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||36||9||16||10||1||2||414||8.7%||44||6||13.6%||51|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||2||2||4||1||1||141||6.4%||14||3||21.4%||14|
|BEN BISHOP (All Games)||22||22||633||591||93.4%||3||15-7||+9.4||15-7-0||+10||7-12|
|BEN BISHOP (Road Games)||10||10||279||260||93.2%||2||5-5||+1.2||5-5-0||+2||2-8|
|BEN BISHOP (Last 4 Games)||4||4||120||116||96.7%||2||2-2||+0||2-2-0||0||0-3|
|ANDERS LINDBACK (All Games)||9||7||221||196||88.7%||1||2-5||-3.2||2-5-0||-3||4-3|
|ANDERS LINDBACK (Road Games)||5||4||133||118||88.7%||1||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|ANDERS LINDBACK (Last 4 Games)||4||3||108||97||89.8%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||10-7-0||+0.4||10-7||+0.4||6-10||3.0||29.4||2.8||35.4|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.7||4-1||+2.7||1-3||3.2||30.4||2.2||35.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||30||92||21||37||26||8||6||911||10.1%||112||26||23.2%||148|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||17||51||14||18||14||5||4||500||10.2%||62||17||27.4%||84|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||3||5||6||2||1||152||10.5%||16||2||12.5%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||85||28||26||29||2||4||1046||8.1%||111||18||16.2%||147|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||48||17||18||13||0||1||602||8.0%||65||12||18.5%||83|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||3||4||4||0||0||175||6.3%||11||1||9.1%||19|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)||2||1||40||39||97.5%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Home Games)||1||0||9||9||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)||2||1||40||39||97.5%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)||24||23||790||729||92.3%||0||13-10||+0.9||13-10-0||+1||9-13|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)||14||13||472||436||92.4%||0||8-5||+0.8||8-5-0||+1||4-8|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||135||125||92.6%||0||3-1||+1.2||3-1-0||+1||1-3|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)||7||6||215||196||91.2%||0||2-4||-2.4||2-4-0||-2||3-3|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Home Games)||4||4||120||109||90.8%||0||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||140||129||92.1%||0||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: TAMPA BAY 3.3, WASHINGTON 3.01|
|11/14/2013||ANAHEIM||5-1||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||O|
|11/16/2013||at PHOENIX||3-6||L||0, +125||L||5.5 un||O|
|11/19/2013||at LOS ANGELES||2-5||L||0, +130||L||5 ov||O|
|11/21/2013||at SAN JOSE||1-5||L||0, +190||L||5.5 ov||O|
|11/22/2013||at ANAHEIM||0-1||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||U|
|11/25/2013||NY RANGERS||5-0||W||0, +115||W||5 un||P|
|11/27/2013||PHILADELPHIA||4-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|11/29/2013||PITTSBURGH||0-3||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|12/3/2013||at COLUMBUS||0-1||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||U|
|12/5/2013||OTTAWA||3-1||W||0, -115||W||5.5 ov||U|
|12/7/2013||WINNIPEG||1-2||L||0, -125||L||5.5 un||U|
|12/10/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|12/14/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|12/15/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|12/17/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|11/15/2013||at DETROIT||4-3||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||O|
|11/17/2013||ST LOUIS||4-1||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|11/20/2013||PITTSBURGH||0-4||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|11/22/2013||MONTREAL||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|11/23/2013||at TORONTO||1-2||L||0, +115||L||5.5 ev||U|
|11/27/2013||OTTAWA||4-6||L||0, -135||L||5.5 ov||O|
|11/29/2013||MONTREAL||3-2||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||U|
|11/30/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||3-2||W||0, -115||W||5.5 ov||U|
|12/3/2013||CAROLINA||1-4||L||0, -175||L||5.5 un||U|
|12/7/2013||NASHVILLE||5-2||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||O|
|12/8/2013||at NY RANGERS||4-1||W||0, +145||W||5 ov||P|
|12/10/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|12/13/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|12/17/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|12/20/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|12/21/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|TAMPA BAY: Since getting off to a flying start in 2011-12, the Steve Yzerman era in Tampa Bay has stalled considerably.|
Heading into his fourth season as the club's general manager, the former Detroit Red Wings great is aiming to reverse the trend that has seen the Lightning miss out on the playoffs in each of the past two springs after making it to the Eastern Conference finals in 2010.
The Lightning are an exciting team to watch, but the club's high-powered offensive attack may need to dial it back a little in 2013-14 in order to comply with Cooper's new system. That doesn't mean he'll put a leash on Stamkos or St. Louis, but the rest of the forwards will be asked to chip in more at the back end. The slightest improvement on defense and in goal could be the difference in making the playoffs this season. Then again, treading water will likely mean a third straight season out of the postseason.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Lightning-Capitals Preview* ============================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (17-10-2) at Washington (16-12-2), 7:00 p.m. EDT
After slumping through their longest losing streak of the season, the Washington Capitals are playing much better of late. Their strong run figures to continue against the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning, whom they've dominated at home.
Washington looks for its 15th win in 16 home meetings with Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.
The Capitals (16-12-2) have won four of five after a four-game slide that saw them total only seven goals. They scored three times during the second period of Sunday's 4-1 win at New York after Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist entered with an 180-minute scoreless streak against the Capitals.
That drought came to an end with Jason Chimera's goal early in the second frame, followed by another from Steve Oleksy 25 seconds later.
"You get the lead, it obviously makes it a lot easier," coach Adam Oates told the team's website. "We broke the ice first, we got the goal, it gives us a little confidence. And we kept making good decisions with the puck, kept putting it in the right place. It gave us a chance to have another wave and sooner or later we broke them down."
The Lightning (17-10-2) have lost three of four overall and five straight on the road after starting 6-3-0 away from home.
They dropped a 2-1 overtime result on Saturday at home, surrendering the winner 1:04 into the extra period after an Alex Killorn shot deflected off the post moments earlier.
Tampa Bay was outshot 29-17 over the first two periods before claiming a 12-6 shots advantage in the third. The Lightning have one power play goal on 24 chances over last eight games and are averaging 2.1 goals in 12 games since Steven Stamkos was sidelined with a broken tibia. They were averaging 3.1 goals in 17 games prior to his injury.
"It's frustrating because I think we can generate a lot more," Nate Thompson, who scored on a deflection with 1.1 seconds left in the second period, told the team's website. "We have the guys who can step up and do it; it's just a matter of having that shooter mentality. When you have that shooter mentality other things open up."
Backup netminder Anders Lindback was unable to earn his third win despite making 34 saves. Lindback has combined with Ben Bishop to post a 1.43 goals-against average over Tampa Bay's last seven games, though coach Jon Cooper's team is 3-2-2 over that stretch.
Martin St. Louis assisted on Thompson's goal, his team-leading 15th assist of the season but his first in five games. It also increased St. Louis' career point total to 939, ahead of Jason Arnott for 91st all-time. He has six goals and eight assists over his last nine games versus Washington.
Alex Ovechkin has five goals in his last four home games against the Lightning.
The teams combined for 33 goals as Washington won three of four meetings last season.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 10:15:33 PM EST|