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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 2/27/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore



WASHINGTON (27-23-0-9, 63 pts.) at FLORIDA (22-29-0-7, 51 pts.)
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Thursday, 2/27/2014 7:35 PM
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61WASHINGTON-120Ov 5.5,-105-120Ov 5.5,+100
62FLORIDA+100Un 5.5,-115+100Un 5.5,-120
WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games27-32-0-9.527-32-9.527-302.930.33.033.3
Team Stats (Road Games)10-18-0-7.610-18-7.615-122.831.03.132.6
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.83-2+0.83-
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)59171416850121117879.6%2154721.9%285
Team Stats (Road Games)2879173721438679.1%1012120.8%135
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5165191213511.9%22418.2%27
Stats Against (All Games) 17551625391019648.9%2154018.6%297
Stats Against (Road Games) 88233327579149.6%1031716.5%144
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 12254111647.3%17211.8%17
WASHINGTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)161445842492.6%05-9-5.75-9-0-65-8
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Road Games)8822520892.4%03-5-2.13-5-0-23-4
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)44827490.2%00-4-5.10-4-0-51-3
BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)3633108599091.2%118-15+0.718-15-0+116-16
BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)171548143490.2%07-8-0.67-8-0-19-6
BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)4411710690.6%13-1+23-1-0+23-1
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)131241938391.4%04-8-4.64-8-0-46-6
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Road Games)6520719091.8%00-5-50-5-0-53-2
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)4413312291.7%01-3-2.21-3-0-22-2

FLORIDA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games22-36-0-9.222-36-9.226-272.429.93.230.4
Team Stats (Home Games)11-16-0-4.711-16-4.711-142.429.83.030.5
Last 5 Games1-4-0-31-4-32-
FLORIDA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)5813934445471017348.0%190178.9%212
Team Stats (Home Games)2766162026468058.2%771013.0%98
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)510424011815.5%1715.9%17
Stats Against (All Games) 18356645679176610.4%1804122.8%304
Stats Against (Home Games) 80233023468249.7%841720.2%132
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 196670114812.8%14428.6%29
FLORIDA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)151237934089.7%06-6+2.36-6-0+26-4
SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Home Games)5412310988.6%02-2+0.12-2-002-1
SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Last 4 Games)431089991.7%02-1+2.42-1-0+22-0
JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)12928524987.4%01-8-7.41-8-0-76-3
JACOB MARKSTROM (Home Games)7616814988.7%01-5-4.41-5-0-43-3
JACOB MARKSTROM (Last 4 Games)441109485.5%00-4-4.40-4-0-43-1
TIM THOMAS (All Games)3737109899991.0%015-22-4.115-22-0-514-20
TIM THOMAS (Home Games)171753048992.3%08-9-0.48-9-0-16-10
TIM THOMAS (Last 4 Games)44978688.7%01-3-21-3-0-21-3
Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 3.1,  FLORIDA 3.21
1/31/2014at DETROIT3-4L0, +135L5.5 unO
2/2/2014DETROIT6-5W0, -110W5.5 unO
2/4/2014NY ISLANDERS0-1L0, -115L6 unU
2/6/2014WINNIPEG4-2W0, -120W5.5 ovO
2/8/2014NEW JERSEY3-0W0, -120W5 unU
2/27/2014at FLORIDA 
3/1/2014at BOSTON 
3/5/2014at PHILADELPHIA 
3/6/2014at BOSTON 

FLORIDA - Schedule
2/1/2014at COLUMBUS1-4L0, +140L5.5 unU
2/4/2014TORONTO4-1W0, +100W5.5 ovU
2/6/2014DETROIT1-3L0, +110L5 ovU
2/7/2014at CAROLINA1-5L0, +160L5.5 unO
3/1/2014at COLUMBUS 
3/2/2014at NY ISLANDERS 
3/4/2014at BOSTON 
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.

FLORIDA: SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - When the lockout ended and last season started for the Florida Panthers, there was so much promise.
A banner commemorating the team's division title was unfurled on opening night, the franchise's star-in-waiting scored on his first NHL shot and everything looked bright.
That good feeling disappeared in a hurry. The Panthers went from celebrating to collapsing without warning, and wound up finishing the season having given up more goals than any other team while being tied for last in goal-scoring - and posting the worst record in the NHL.

``It wasn't pleasant,'' Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski said.
One disaster after another - injuries and scoring droughts, mostly - plagued Florida last season, and the Panthers haven't forgotten. When camp opened earlier this month, the Panthers talked of both a need to move ahead but the necessity to remember how painful it was to be out of the playoff chase so early last season.

``I think we all pretty well know that we don't want to have another disaster like last year,'' Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. ``Guys are professional. They should be able to figure it out and if they don't figure it out, I'll figure it out for them.''
Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said his team cannot ignore the memory of last season's freefall. Not counting goals awarded in shootouts, Florida skaters scored 109 times last year, tied with Nashville for the worst total in the league.

``We had to acknowledge what happened as a group. We had to understand that there was ownership by all of us, from the GM to the coaching to the players and I think we all did that,'' Dineen said. ``I think the commitment was made to be better. There's been some hard decisions made this summer ... but we need to put a team and a style of that gives us the best chance to win.''
Changes were made, such as letting longtime Florida forward Stephen Weiss leave through free agency, and bringing Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Tim Thomas into the organization as a veteran influence. Thomas and Jacob Markstrom figure to get the bulk of the work in net early.

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

*Capitals-Panthers Preview* ===========================


Washington (27-23-9) at Florida (22-29-7), 7:30 p.m. EDT

With the disappointment Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each experienced at the Olympics now behind them, the pair has to move on and try to help the Washington Capitals reach the postseason.

They'll start by looking to lead the visiting Capitals to a ninth victory in 10 meetings with the lowly Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Poised to help bring Russia a gold medal on its home soil, Ovechkin, the NHL leader with 40 goals, had one with an assist as the hosts were eliminated in the quarterfinals for the second straight OIympics.

"I have to handle it. I have to fight through it," said Ovechkin, who also learned his father became ill following one of his games and required heart surgery.

Backstrom, meanwhile, helped lead Sweden to the gold medal game but was pulled from the lineup shortly before faceoff because he had failed a doping test. An ingredient in an allergy medication he took is on the list of banned substances for Olympic competition, but the Swedish team doctor said he could take one pill a day without triggering a positive test.

"It's not fun. But I've got to look forward to play (the) next game on Thursday," said Backstrom, who has seven of his team-leading 45 assists in the last seven games. "I've got to focus on Washington right now."

Coach Adam Oates is confident both will be able to do so.

"I think they're going to move forward fine," he told the Capitals' official website. "They're both professionals."

Though Washington (27-23-9) is just outside of playoff position in the crowded Eastern Conference, it won its last two before the break and is 5-2-1 following a seven-game slide.

"We've just got to find ways to collect points and win games," forward Joel Ward said. "We're all grown men in here. We know how to win games, we've just got to execute and do it."

The Capitals expect Backstrom's Olympic teammate Marcus Johansson, third on the team with 36 points, to make it to Florida after being stuck in Sweden because of visa and passport issues, but he'll be a game-time decision due to his grueling travel schedule.

Washington's 3-2 shootout road loss to the Panthers (22-29-7) on Dec. 13 snapped an eight-game series winning streak.

A loser in two straight and five of six, Florida has been held to a single goal in each of the last two contests and three times in the last four. Improving offensively could be considerably tougher minus talented rookie Aleksander Barkov, who is out indefinitely after suffering a knee injury while playing for Finland in Sochi.

The 2013 second overall pick is fifth on the team with 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists).

"You can't really replicate a player like that," teammate Nick Bjugstad told the NHL's official website. "Hopefully he's back by the end of the season, but I don't know what's going to happen there. Guys are going to have to fill roles."

Tied for second on the team with 13 goals in his first full NHL season, Bjugstad likely will be one of those players expected to fill the void. He scored in Florida's final game before the break, a 5-1 loss at Carolina on Feb. 7.

The Panthers also will be without veteran forward Tomas Kopecky for an undetermined amount of time after he suffered an upper-body injury for Slovakia in Sochi. He has four goals and 12 points in 49 games.

Last Updated: 5/20/2018 7:56:25 PM EST

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