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Saturday 4/5/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore



WASHINGTON (34-30-0-13, 81 pts.) at NY ISLANDERS (31-35-0-10, 72 pts.)
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Saturday, 4/5/2014 5:05 PM
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5WASHINGTON-120Ov 5.5,-120-110Ov 5.5,-120
6NY ISLANDERS+100Un 5.5,+100-110Un 5.5,+100
WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games34-43-0-12.234-43-12.235-392.829.83.033.5
Team Stats (Road Games)14-24-0-7.814-24-7.819-182.729.83.133.2
Last 5 Games0-5-0-5.40-5-5.43-
vs. Division10-18-0-10.610-18-10.613-142.629.63.032.9
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)77218588166131322959.5%2756523.6%368
Team Stats (Road Games)381032543305411319.1%1313224.4%175
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)510433001466.8%19421.1%18
Team Stats (vs. Division)287493824348298.9%1042019.2%128
Stats Against (All Games) 233678073131525799.0%2745018.2%392
Stats Against (Road Games) 11732413771112629.3%1352014.8%187
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 203782216811.9%16318.7%32
Stats Against (vs. Division) 83223127319219.0%1081816.7%147
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. Division)9721519590.7%04-3+14-3-004-2
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)43625487.1%00-3-30-3-0-31-2
JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)51501351124191.9%529-21+1.229-21-0+420-21
JAROSLAV HALAK (Road Games)242366862092.8%212-11-0.612-11-0+17-11
JAROSLAV HALAK (vs. Division)121230328092.4%29-3+6.29-3-0+64-8
JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)4411910789.9%00-4-4.40-4-0-42-2
BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)44401338121891.0%221-19+0.821-19-0+221-18
BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)222064958890.6%110-10+1.810-10-0+212-8
BRADEN HOLTBY (vs. Division)171552547790.9%16-9-5.46-9-0-68-7
BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)4312711792.1%11-2-0.31-2-001-2

NY ISLANDERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games31-45-0-931-45-943-312.830.73.330.1
Team Stats (Home Games)13-25-0-15.813-25-15.820-172.732.63.329.3
Last 5 Games4-1-0+4.64-1+4.62-
vs. Division9-18-0-8.29-18-8.215-112.530.03.430.4
NY ISLANDERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)76212538464111323369.1%2624416.8%349
Team Stats (Home Games)381042744285412378.4%1372619.0%174
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5156621114610.3%16318.7%24
Team Stats (vs. Division)2768192620358118.4%881011.4%111
Stats Against (All Games) 2506095851016228610.9%2445422.1%425
Stats Against (Home Games) 126264448810111511.3%1082321.3%215
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 11343111417.8%18422.2%17
Stats Against (vs. Division) 912237293782211.1%962627.1%156
NY ISLANDERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)3836103893890.4%115-21-5.815-21-0-620-14
EVGENI NABOKOV (Home Games)232157752090.1%17-14-107-14-0-912-8
EVGENI NABOKOV (vs. Division)151544540290.3%15-10-5.35-10-0-57-7
EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)4412011293.3%12-2+0.32-2-002-2
ANDERS NILSSON (All Games)151341837389.2%06-7+0.76-7-0+27-6
ANDERS NILSSON (Home Games)8722320089.7%03-4-1.33-4-0-13-4
ANDERS NILSSON (vs. Division)7517415890.8%03-2+1.83-2-0+22-3
ANDERS NILSSON (Last 4 Games)441109889.1%03-1+3.63-1-0+42-2
KEVIN POULIN (All Games)282782073189.1%210-17-3.810-17-0-316-11
KEVIN POULIN (Home Games)111031027488.4%03-7-4.53-7-0-45-5
KEVIN POULIN (vs. Division)7719717287.3%11-6-4.71-6-0-46-1
KEVIN POULIN (Last 4 Games)4413211587.1%01-3-1.41-3-0-14-0
Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 3.14,  NY ISLANDERS 3.16
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 ANGELES1-2L0, +170L5 evU
3/22/2014at SAN JOSE3-2W0, +170W5.5 unU
3/25/2014LOS ANGELES4-5L0, -115L5 unO
3/29/2014BOSTON2-4L0, +125L5 ovO
3/30/2014at NASHVILLE3-4L0, -115L5.5 unO
4/1/2014DALLAS0-5L0, -110L5.5 evU
4/4/2014at NEW JERSEY1-2L0, +100L5 ovU
4/5/2014at NY ISLANDERS 
4/8/2014at ST LOUIS 
4/10/2014at CAROLINA 
4/13/2014TAMPA BAY 

3/10/2014at VANCOUVER7-4W0, +140W5.5 unO
3/14/2014SAN JOSE3-4L0, +150L5.5 evO
3/15/2014BUFFALO4-1W0, -145W5.5 unU
3/18/2014MINNESOTA0-6L0, +110L5.5 unO
3/23/2014COLUMBUS2-0W0, +130W5.5 ovU
3/25/2014at CAROLINA5-4W0, +160W5.5 unO
3/27/2014at TAMPA BAY2-3L0, +210L5.5 ovU
3/29/2014NEW JERSEY2-1W0, +125W5 ovU
4/1/2014FLORIDA4-2W0, -155W5.5 ovO
4/2/2014at OTTAWA2-1W0, +170W5.5 ovU
4/6/2014at COLUMBUS 
4/10/2014at MONTREAL 
4/11/2014at NEW JERSEY 
4/13/2014at BUFFALO 
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.

NY ISLANDERS: UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - With their eyes squarely on the future, the New York Islanders can harken back to some recent history to build on.
For the first time in six years, the Islanders are starting a season after making a playoff appearance, and there is every reason to believe that reaching the postseason can soon become a much more common occurrence.
The Islanders stretched the Pittsburgh Penguins to six games, dropping the final two of the first-round series after splitting the first four. Just getting into the postseason was a major accomplishment, even in the lockout-shortened season, and the task will be even greater this time in a full 82-game campaign.

``I definitely see the expectations are higher, and people are going to expect for us to be in the playoffs,'' new captain John Tavares said.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-NY ISLANDERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Capitals-Islanders Preview* ============================


Washington (34-29-13) at New York (31-35-10), 5:00 p.m. EDT

A late-season slide could end up costing the Washington Capitals a playoff spot. A loss to the worst team in the Metropolitan Division almost certainly would.

With roughly one week left in the regular season, the sinking Capitals continue their playoff push Saturday against a New York Islanders team relishing the spoiler role.

After a 4-0-1 stretch put it back in the thick of the playoff race, Washington has proceeded to lose five straight, including Friday's 2-1 defeat to New Jersey in the opener of a four-game trip. Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 49th goal midway through the first period, but the Capitals (34-30-13) were shut out the rest of the way by Cory Schneider.

"It's obviously difficult to swallow the loss. We played a good game, had a lot of Grade A chances (and) their goalie made some great saves," coach Adam Oates said.

The five-game skid is the team's longest since a season-high seven-game slide Jan. 12-24. The latest loss dropped Washington behind the Devils into 11th in the Eastern Conference, four points behind Columbus for the second wild card with five games remaining.

"Yeah, definitely," Nicklas Backstrom said when asked if he thought Washington had to run the table in order to qualify for the playoffs. "I think the best chance for us is to win every game."

Ovechkin's goal was his first even-strength point in 17 games. His next goal will give him five 50-goal seasons. Only Mike Bossy (9), Wayne Gretzky (9), Guy Lafleur (6), Marcel Dionne (6) and Mario Lemieux (6) have more.

Washington's superstar hasn't received much help from his teammates lately. Backstrom has one goal in 11 games, Marcus Johansson has none in 15 and Joel Ward has gone six straight contests without scoring.

Jaroslav Halak dropped to 0-2-3 in his last five starts after making 31 saves Friday. He could be rested in favor of Braden Holtby, who has posted a .955 save percentage during a three-game win streak against New York.

The Islanders (31-35-10) have already been eliminated from playoff contention, but they haven't let that affect their play lately. They've won three in a row and are 5-0-1 in their last six games despite missing leading scorer Kyle Okposo (upper body), captain John Tavares (torn MCL), forward Michael Grabner (concussion) and defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky (upper body) and Brian Strait (hand).

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist for the second straight night, and Anders Nilsson stopped 35 shots as New York dealt a damaging blow to Ottawa's playoff hopes with a 2-1 victory Wednesday.

That followed recent wins over Columbus and New Jersey.

"We battled hard and everyone stuck up for each other," Nilsson said. "Everybody is doing a hell of a job and battling hard and that's why we keep on winning."

Although they've won three straight and four of five at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders' 13 home wins are tied with Buffalo for a league low.

Evgeni Nabokov, who has allowed four goals in his last three starts, is 13-2-3 with a 2.19 goals-against average lifetime against the Capitals.

The Capitals won the first two meetings this season before Nabokov stopped 22 shots in the Islanders' 1-0 road victory Feb. 4. Ovechkin has three goals and an assist in the season series while Backstrom has a goal and four points.

Last Updated: 4/20/2018 6:55:15 PM EST

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