|1||BUFFALO||+170||Ov 5.5,+115||+175||Ov 5.5,+115|
|2||WASHINGTON||-200||Un 5.5,-135||-205||Un 5.5,-135|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-16-0||-9.8||3-16||-9.8||5-10||1.6||27.4||3.1||36.3|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.8||2-3||-0.8||0-4||1.2||22.0||2.2||32.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||43||75||11||29||28||7||7||1126||6.7%||132||17||12.9%||126|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||19||30||6||8||14||2||3||521||5.8%||61||6||9.8%||51|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||6||0||3||2||1||1||110||5.5%||15||2||13.3%||9|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||120||38||43||34||5||8||1472||8.2%||138||24||17.4%||209|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||58||20||21||15||2||6||689||8.4%||63||13||20.6%||102|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||1||4||5||1||3||164||6.7%||17||1||5.9%||18|
|JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)||14||13||391||358||91.6%||3||1-12||-10.8||1-12-0||-11||2-9|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Road Games)||9||8||247||228||92.3%||3||1-7||-5.8||1-7-0||-6||1-5|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||124||116||93.5%||1||0-4||-4||0-4-0||-4||0-3|
|RYAN MILLER (All Games)||30||30||1076||997||92.7%||1||11-19||-2.9||11-19-0||-3||9-15|
|RYAN MILLER (Road Games)||11||11||438||405||92.5%||1||2-9||-4||2-9-0||-4||4-5|
|RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||145||137||94.5%||0||2-2||+0.2||2-2-0||0||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||14-10-0||+0.5||14-10||+0.5||10-13||3.2||29.8||3.0||35.2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.5||2-3||-1.5||3-2||2.8||32.2||3.4||30.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||44||135||32||56||37||10||9||1341||10.1%||155||40||25.8%||219|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||24||77||19||29||22||7||6||715||10.8%||87||23||26.4%||124|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||6||5||3||0||0||161||8.7%||12||3||25.0%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||133||38||47||42||6||7||1508||8.8%||159||31||19.5%||231|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||73||24||25||22||2||1||845||8.6%||90||19||21.1%||131|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||3||9||4||1||1||152||11.2%||17||5||29.4%||31|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)||12||10||376||350||93.1%||0||5-5||-0.6||5-5-0||-1||4-5|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Home Games)||6||4||173||158||91.3%||0||2-2||-0.5||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||123||113||91.9%||0||1-3||-2.8||1-3-0||-3||2-2|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)||28||27||881||802||91.0%||0||14-13||-1.6||14-13-0||-1||13-13|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)||16||15||517||473||91.5%||0||9-6||+0.4||9-6-0||+1||6-8|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||91||73||80.2%||0||1-3||-2.5||1-3-0||-2||4-0|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)||8||7||249||228||91.6%||0||3-4||-1.4||3-4-0||-1||3-4|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Home Games)||5||5||154||141||91.6%||0||3-2||+0.6||3-2-0||+1||2-3|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||133||123||92.5%||0||2-2||-0.2||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 3.12, WASHINGTON 3.05|
|12/17/2013||WINNIPEG||4-2||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|12/19/2013||BOSTON||4-2||W||0, +150||W||5 un||O|
|12/21/2013||at BOSTON||1-4||L||0, +230||L||5 un||P|
|12/23/2013||PHOENIX||2-1||W||0, +125||W||5 ov||U|
|12/27/2013||at TORONTO||3-4||L||0, +140||L||5 ov||O|
|12/29/2013||WASHINGTON||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|12/31/2013||at WINNIPEG||0-3||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||U|
|1/2/2014||at MINNESOTA||1-4||L||0, +160||L||5 un||P|
|1/4/2014||NEW JERSEY||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5 un||U|
|1/9/2014||FLORIDA||1-2||L||0, +115||L||5 un||U|
|1/12/2014||at WASHINGTON|| |
|1/15/2014||at TORONTO|| |
|12/17/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||2-5||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|12/20/2013||at CAROLINA||4-2||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||O|
|12/21/2013||NEW JERSEY||4-5||L||0, -140||L||5 ov||O|
|12/23/2013||ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 ov||U|
|12/27/2013||NY RANGERS||3-2||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||U|
|12/29/2013||at BUFFALO||1-2||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|12/30/2013||at OTTAWA||1-3||L||0, +100||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/2/2014||CAROLINA||3-4||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/4/2014||at MINNESOTA||3-5||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||O|
|1/9/2014||at TAMPA BAY||4-3||W||0, +105||W||5.5 ev||O|
|1/10/2014||TORONTO||3-2||W||0, -165||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/14/2014||SAN JOSE|| |
|1/15/2014||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|1/17/2014||at COLUMBUS|| |
|1/19/2014||at NY RANGERS|| |
|BUFFALO: BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston is tempering his initial expectations after all the changes the team made over the past year.
Rolston is opening his first full season after taking over in February when Lindy Ruff was fired. And he's overseeing a roster that's been transformed following the team's youth movement over the past two seasons.
And more changes could be in store with goalie Ryan Miller and forward Thomas Vanek's futures uncertain beyond this season.
That has led Rolston to caution that he doesn't expect the Sabres to start revealing their true potential until a few months into the season.
Patience remains the watchword in Buffalo, for a franchise that's missed the playoffs in four of the past six seasons.
The Sabres open at Detroit on Oct. 2.
|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 (BUFFALO-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sabres-Capitals Preview* =========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Buffalo (12-26-5) at Washington (22-16-6), 3:00 p.m. EDT
Though the result of their first game under new general manager Tim Murray was like many others during this disappointing season, the Buffalo Sabres must forge ahead amid their latest organizational move.
Considering their recent struggles in Washington, things might not get any easier Sunday when the Sabres try to avoid matching the longest road losing streak in franchise history and prevent the Capitals from a third consecutive win.
Hours after team president Pat LaFontaine announced the hiring of Murray, Buffalo (12-26-5) saw its five-game home winning streak end with a 2-1 shootout loss to Florida on Thursday.
The 50-year-old Murray is the nephew of Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray. He's spent much of his 20 years in the NHL being mentored by his uncle, including the past seven as the Senators assistant GM. LaFontaine also said Hall of Fame executive Craig Patrick will be a special adviser to assist in turning the NHL's worst team into a contender.
"I'm on a mission to bring the right people here," said LaFontaine, hired in November when GM Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston were fired.
"I'm still not done. We still have a lot of work."
Murray didn't waste time making his presence felt Friday when it was reported he will soon lift the interim tag from coach Ted Nolan.
"It's a clean slate here," Murray said Thursday. "There's no preconceived notions. He's the coach of the hockey team, and I'm looking forward to getting to know him."
The Sabres are 8-11-4 under Nolan and in the midst of a 6-0-2 stretch at home. However, they still have the fewest wins and points in the league, and are an NHL-worst 3-14-2 away from home.
Buffalo's 0-9-2 road slide is the second-longest in club history behind a 12-game skid Dec. 17, 2011-Jan. 21, 2012. The longest the Sabres have gone without a road victory is 23 games during the 1971-72 season, and they head to Washington having lost seven of their last eight visits.
Buffalo has totaled 13 goals in the last 11 road games and its 70 non-shootout goals overall are by far the fewest in the NHL, including four over the last four games.
However, the offense could be helped by the return of Cody Hodgson, who was activated from injured reserve Saturday. He leads the team with 19 points despite being sidelined since Dec. 19.
Buffalo was coming off a four-day break when it played Thursday but again provided little support for backup Jhonas Enroth, who made 34 saves but fell to 1-8-4. The Sabres have scored 17 goals with him in net.
"You shouldn't be tired," Nolan told the Sabres' official website. "I don't know. (Thursday) was just one of those games you just want to forget about."
Ryan Miller could be back in net looking to stymie the Capitals (22-16-6) for the second time in two weeks. In the teams' lone matchup this season, Miller made a season-high 49 saves before stopping all six shootout attempts in Buffalo's 2-1 home victory Dec. 29. Miller, however, has a 3.19 goals-against average while losing six of seven at Washington.
Alex Ovechkin's three-game goal streak in this series ended last month after he scored in all three meetings last season - all Capitals wins. He has 13 goals in 16 home contests versus Buffalo.
Ovechkin recorded his league-leading 32nd goal before assisting on Joel Ward's go-ahead score in the third period of Friday's 3-2 home win over Toronto. The Capitals have won two in a row following an 0-2-2 stretch.
"We've been waiting for wins for a bit now," Washington's Nicklas Backstrom told the NHL's official website. "That's what we're hoping. We got to play the same way."
Backstrom has five goals and eight assists in 11 home games against the Sabres.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 7:42:45 PM EST|