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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/20/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore



WASHINGTON (33-27-0-10, 76 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (38-25-0-6, 82 pts.)
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Thursday, 3/20/2014 10:35 PM
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15WASHINGTON+150Ov 5,-125+165Ov 5,-115
16LOS ANGELES-170Un 5,+105-190Un 5,-105
WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games33-37-0-7.533-37-7.532-352.930.03.033.5
Team Stats (Road Games)13-21-0-6.413-21-6.418-152.830.43.133.5
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.63-2+1.61-32.629.82.433.8
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)70204537861121221029.7%2506124.4%346
Team Stats (Road Games)34952242274310339.2%1183025.4%164
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)513733011498.7%15640.0%25
Stats Against (All Games) 209627364101223478.9%2524718.7%356
Stats Against (Road Games) 1072840345911389.4%1242016.1%175
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 12624001697.1%1715.9%22
WASHINGTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)171446943492.5%05-9-5.75-9-0-65-8
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Road Games)9823621892.4%03-5-2.13-5-0-23-4
PHILIPP GRUBAUER(vs. Non-Conference)22585493.1%00-2-20-2-0-20-2
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)43625487.1%00-3-30-3-0-31-2
JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)46451204110791.9%529-16+6.629-16-0+918-18
JAROSLAV HALAK (Road Games)212058053892.8%212-8+2.612-8-0+46-9
JAROSLAV HALAK(vs. Non-Conference)222161256792.6%217-4+11.417-4-0+139-7
JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)4414914094.0%13-1+2.63-1-0+31-2
BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)41381253114191.1%220-18+0.120-18-0+120-17
BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)211961355490.4%19-10+0.19-10-0012-7
BRADEN HOLTBY(vs. Non-Conference)131239035490.8%07-5+1.67-5-0+26-5
BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)4413412190.3%11-3-1.61-3-0-13-1

LOS ANGELES - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games38-31-0-738-31-718-342.431.52.126.4
Team Stats (Home Games)19-15-0-819-15-811-182.632.62.123.6
Last 5 Games2-3-0-3.12-3-3.12-12.638.22.625.8
LOS ANGELES Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)69168534461101521737.7%2463815.4%273
Team Stats (Home Games)34873223275811087.9%1322115.9%147
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)513661001916.8%15426.7%23
Stats Against (All Games) 1484548496718248.1%2584417.1%254
Stats Against (Home Games) 72222126328019.0%1222117.2%125
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 135260012910.1%16318.7%23
LOS ANGELES - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN JONES (All Games)161542539693.2%310-5+3.810-5-0+45-5
MARTIN JONES (Home Games)7615514593.5%24-2+0.74-2-0+11-3
MARTIN JONES(vs. Non-Conference)6517416594.8%14-1+2.84-1-0+33-2
MARTIN JONES (Last 4 Games)43908190.0%02-1+0.62-1-0+11-1
JONATHAN QUICK (All Games)393993385391.4%321-18-5.621-18-0-712-20
JONATHAN QUICK (Home Games)232353047990.4%213-10-4.413-10-0-69-12
JONATHAN QUICK(vs. Non-Conference)161635732490.8%17-9-6.87-9-0-73-8
JONATHAN QUICK (Last 4 Games)441019190.1%02-2-1.72-2-0-22-1
Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 3.09,  LOS ANGELES 3.13
2/27/2014at FLORIDA5-4W0, -115W5.5 unO
3/1/2014at BOSTON4-2W0, +170W5.5 unO
3/2/2014PHILADELPHIA4-5L0, -130L5.5 evO
3/5/2014at PHILADELPHIA4-6L0, +110L5.5 ovO
3/6/2014at BOSTON0-3L0, +195L5.5 unU
3/8/2014PHOENIX3-2W0, -120W5.5 unU
3/10/2014PITTSBURGH2-3L0, +110L5.5 ovU
3/11/2014at PITTSBURGH0-2L0, +165L5.5 ovU
3/14/2014VANCOUVER4-3W0, -160W5.5 unO
3/16/2014TORONTO4-2W0, -125W6 unP
3/18/2014at ANAHEIM3-2W0, +160W5.5 ovU
3/20/2014at LOS ANGELES 
3/22/2014at SAN JOSE 
3/25/2014LOS ANGELES 
3/30/2014at NASHVILLE 

LOS ANGELES - Schedule
2/26/2014at COLORADO6-4W0, -110W5 evO
2/27/2014at CALGARY2-0W0, -140W5 ovU
3/1/2014CAROLINA3-1W0, -190W5 unU
3/3/2014MONTREAL2-1W0, -175W5 evU
3/6/2014at WINNIPEG3-1W0, -135W5 ovU
3/9/2014at EDMONTON4-2W0, -170W5 unO
3/10/2014at CALGARY3-2W0, -175W5 unP
3/13/2014TORONTO2-3L0, -205L5 ovP
3/15/2014ANAHEIM1-2L0, -145L5 ovU
3/17/2014PHOENIX3-4L0, -165L5 unO
3/24/2014at PHILADELPHIA 
3/25/2014at WASHINGTON 
3/27/2014at PITTSBURGH 
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.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After the most successful two-year stretch in franchise history, the Los Angeles Kings just want to keep it going.
That's because the Kings historically aren't used to good times. The 2012 Stanley Cup champions returned to the Western Conference finals last summer, winning six total playoff rounds - twice as many as this long-struggling team had ever managed in any two-year stretch.
To stay on top, Los Angeles plans to rely on the same unflashy, workmanlike style that allowed coach Darryl Sutter's club to raise the Cup for the first time.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-LOS ANGELES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Capitals-Kings Preview* ========================


Washington (33-27-10) at Los Angeles (38-25-6), 10:30 p.m. EDT

The Washington Capitals are tied for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Facing the Los Angeles Kings twice in six days may not help their cause.

The Capitals try to continue their recent surge by beating the Kings on the road for the first time since 2005 on Thursday night.

Washington (33-27-10) followed a 1-4-1 stretch with a three-game winning streak, moving into a tie with Columbus for the East's second wild-card spot with 12 games left.

"We can't worry about anything else that's going to happen except for our games," goaltender Jaroslav Halak said. "Right now, two points are all huge, any way we can get them."

The Capitals haven't done that in Los Angeles since a win on Dec. 14, 2005, giving up 12 goals while losing three straight visits. Their 5-2 loss at Staples Center on Jan. 9, 2012, was their fifth straight defeat in the series.

Washington, though, enters this matchup scoring 11 goals in three games while never trailing in any of them. Alex Ovechkin broke a deadlock early in the third period of the Capitals' 3-2 win at Anaheim on Tuesday.

"That was a huge game," said Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with 46 goals. "We prepared for it, and we were ready for it. We played one of the best teams in the league."

Ovechkin has two goals in three games after scoring once over the previous six. The reigning Hart Trophy winner has failed to find the net in four career games at Los Angeles and hasn't registered a point in the last two.

Joel Ward hasn't scored in seven straight meetings. However, he has a goal in three straight games, putting him on the cusp of his longest career scoring streak.

The Kings (38-25-6) are trying to continue their success against the Capitals in order to snap their three-game slide. Coach Darryl Sutter is looking for more urgency after they allowed two goals in the third period of a 4-3 loss to Phoenix on Monday.

"I think we could have been a little bit more desperate on the two goals they scored, in terms of making plays in our own zone," said Sutter, who again seeks his 500th victory. "That is back-to-back games where we have made basic checking mistakes in our own zone.

"We need some more out of our top guys."

Marian Gaborik, acquired earlier this month in a trade with Columbus, is doing his part offensively. The right wing has two goals and one assist in three games after finding the net Monday.

He has no goals over his past eight regular-season matchups with Washington.

Dustin Brown is expected to be back after missing two games with an illness. The captain has six points over his last eight games, with seven ending in Los Angeles victories.

Brown has one goal and two assists in three home games versus Washington.

Jonathan Quick is likely to be back in net trying to tie Rogie Vachon's franchise record of 171 wins. He's failed in his two previous attempts, giving up seven goals on 56 shots following a personal six-game winning streak, during which he compiled a 0.99 goals-against average.

Quick has won both of his career meetings with the Capitals behind a 2.50 GAA.

These teams will conclude their season series in Washington on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 4/27/2018 3:36:21 AM EST

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