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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 2/23/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore



WASHINGTON (34-20-0-7, 75 pts.) at BUFFALO (28-24-0-8, 64 pts.)
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Saturday, 2/23/2019 1:05 PM
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33WASHINGTON-140Ov 6.5,+105-125Ov 6,-105
34BUFFALO+120Un 6.5,-125+105Un 6,-115
WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games34-27-0+0.134-27+0.131-273.429.83.232.5
Team Stats (Road Games)17-13-0+4.217-13+4.215-143.329.23.432.3
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.43-2+1.41-42.624.62.633.4
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)61205648054714181911.3%1793921.8%350
Team Stats (Road Games)301003237274887711.4%731317.8%168
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5135620112310.6%13430.8%21
Stats Against (All Games) 1935062747919839.7%2064421.4%311
Stats Against (Road Games) 1022632422797010.5%1022120.6%163
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 13139011677.8%14214.3%23
WASHINGTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PHEONIX COPLEY (All Games)221963457390.4%114-5+914-5-0+810-8
PHEONIX COPLEY (Road Games)141339535589.9%19-4+5.79-4-0+56-7
PHEONIX COPLEY (Last 4 Games)4311510389.6%03-0+33-0-0+32-1
BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)43421342121990.8%220-22-920-22-0-621-19
BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)181756951490.3%18-9-1.58-9-009-7
BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)4413812892.8%12-2+0.42-2-001-3

BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games28-32-0-0.928-32-0.931-272.832.53.132.5
Team Stats (Home Games)17-13-0+2.617-13+2.617-
Last 5 Games1-4-0-3.81-4-3.81-31.830.83.431.8
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)60171505655101019498.8%1803217.8%291
Team Stats (Home Games)3093273328559859.4%861820.9%155
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)59252001545.8%15213.3%15
Stats Against (All Games) 18747656781319539.6%1592817.6%305
Stats Against (Home Games) 92173041469749.4%731115.1%152
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 173491315910.7%9111.1%26
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CARTER HUTTON (All Games)3635108298691.1%014-21-6.414-21-0-716-18
CARTER HUTTON (Home Games)181856752392.2%010-8+1.210-8-0+18-10
CARTER HUTTON (Last 4 Games)4411310391.2%00-4-4.90-4-0-51-3
LINUS ULLMARK (All Games)272586078290.9%214-11+5.614-11-0+715-9
LINUS ULLMARK (Home Games)131240135989.5%17-5+1.47-5-0+29-3
LINUS ULLMARK (Last 4 Games)4412311291.1%02-2-0.52-2-0-11-2
Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 3.09,  BUFFALO 3.21
2/1/2019CALGARY4-3W0, -110W6.5 evO
2/3/2019BOSTON0-1L0, -115L6 ovU
2/5/2019VANCOUVER3-2W0, -235W6.5 unU
2/7/2019COLORADO4-3W0, -140W6.5 ovO
2/9/2019FLORIDA4-5L0, -160L6.5 unO
2/11/2019LOS ANGELES6-4W0, -180W5.5 ovO
2/12/2019at COLUMBUS0-3L0, +125L6.5 ovU
2/14/2019at SAN JOSE5-1W0, +150W6.5 ovU
2/17/2019at ANAHEIM2-5L0, -170L5.5 unO
2/18/2019at LOS ANGELES3-2W0, -110W6 unU
2/21/2019at TORONTO3-2W0, +160W6.5 ovU
2/23/2019at BUFFALO 
2/24/2019NY RANGERS 
3/1/2019at NY ISLANDERS 
3/3/2019at NY RANGERS 
3/6/2019at PHILADELPHIA 

BUFFALO - Schedule
1/29/2019at COLUMBUS5-4W0, +150W6 evO
1/30/2019at DALLAS0-1L0, +155L5.5 evU
2/1/2019CHICAGO3-7L0, -160L6.5 unO
2/5/2019MINNESOTA5-4W0, -105W5.5 unO
2/7/2019CAROLINA5-6L0, -105L6 evO
2/9/2019DETROIT3-1W0, -145W6 ovU
2/10/2019WINNIPEG1-3L0, +115L6.5 evU
2/12/2019NY ISLANDERS3-1W0, +105W5.5 unU
2/15/2019NY RANGERS2-6L0, -150L6 unO
2/17/2019at NEW JERSEY1-4L0, -130L6 unU
2/19/2019at FLORIDA2-4L0, +130L6 evP
2/21/2019at TAMPA BAY1-2L0, +260L6.5 ovU
2/25/2019at TORONTO 
2/26/2019at PHILADELPHIA 
3/2/2019at TORONTO 
WASHINGTON: LAST SEASON: 49-26-7, 105 points. Won Metropolitan Division and Stanley Cup.
COACH: Todd Reirden (First season, first NHL season)
ADDED: C Nic Dowd, G Ilya Samsonov
LOST: C Jay Beagle, G Philipp Grubauer, D Jakub Jerabek
PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Alex Ovechkin. Coming off scoring an NHL-best 49 goals and winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, Ovechkin has nothing left to prove as one of the best players of his generation. Now the Russian superstar is a father and a Stanley Cup-winner, though, so everyone's waiting to see his next trick at age 33.
OUTLOOK: Stanley Cup hangovers are real, and the Capitals will have to manage that and goaltender Braden Holtby playing more games because they don't have a proven backup. Washington has the talent on paper to make another deep run, but all those games deep into last June could have an effect. Reirden will have to be careful with that after replacing Barry Trotz behind the bench.
BUFFALO: LAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years.
COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season).
ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, rookie D Rasmus Dahlin, D Matt Hunwick, D Lawrence Pilut, G Carter Hutton.
LOST: C Ryan O'Reilly, G Robin Lehner, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Victor Antipin, D Josh Gorges, C Jordan Nolan, G Chad Johnson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Dahlin, the 18-year-old Swedish-born smooth-skating, play-making defenseman selected with the first pick in the draft. Dahlin has such potential, Hockey Hall of Fame
COACH and nine-time Stanley Cup-winner Scotty Bowman says the youngster has the potential to become the best defenseman in Sabres history. Dahlin has already roused a fan base, which jammed the Sabres 1,800-seat practice facility to see him perform during the team's rookie camp in June and a four-team prospects tournament earlier this month.
OUTLOOK: The Sabres can't get much worse than the over-priced and under-achieving squad that won three straight games just once, and endured losing streaks of four or more games seven times last season. Things became so grim, O'Reilly in April revealed he
LOST his passion for playing at times, and a losing mentality crept into the locker room. O'Reilly was traded to St. Louis in one of numerous moves GM Jason Botterill made to overhaul a roster that will feature anywhere between nine and 12 players not in the season-opening lineup a year ago. The question is how long it will take for the newcomers to find chemistry.
Deal-making Capitals end trip in Buffalo

The Washington Capitals finish a six-game road trip in Buffalo on Saturday afternoon, hoping to continue their strong play from the past two games.

Washington beat Toronto 3-2 on Thursday night, a win that came after a 3-2 decision over Los Angeles on Monday. Earlier in the trip, the Capitals handed San Jose a 5-1 loss, so they have been playing better after struggling for about a month.

Against a strong Toronto team, the Caps got 40 saves from goalie Braden Holtby, a short-handed score from Tom Wilson and a power-play goal from Alex Ovechkin. That was the 650th goal of his career.

Washington got help from all places, and that's what it did en route to the Stanley Cup last season.

"Special teams was really important for us tonight," Capitals coach Todd Reirden said after the game. "Huge to get some big saves early from Holtby, and then to convert on the power play was big for us, and then obviously to get a short-handed one as well. That's a really good team win for us overall."

The Capitals on Thursday acquired left wing Carl Hagelin from the Kings, giving up two draft picks, including a third-rounder this year.

Hagelin, 30, has played on two Stanley Cup champions and has appeared in 121 postseason games. For his career, the Swede has 90 goals and 140 assists in 526 games.

Hagelin practiced with the team Friday and could suit up Saturday. He'll be counted on in the penalty-killing department, where the Capitals have had problems at times this season.

The team made another move Friday, acquiring defenseman Nick Jensen and a 2019 fifth-round pick from the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Madison Bowey and a 2020 second-round pick. The Capitals then announced it had signed Jensen to a four-year, $10 million contract extension.

Reirden called Jensen, 28, a "little bit of a late bloomer" and said he was another addition that should help the team's penalty-kill unit. Jensen had 37 assists and six goals in three seasons with the Red Wings.

Also, forward Devante Smith-Pelly cleared waivers and was assigned to Hershey in the American Hockey League.

Buffalo is coming off a strong performance in a 2-1 shootout loss to Tampa Bay. The Sabres went 1-2-1 this season against the NHL's best team and gave the Lightning fits every time.

Buffalo coach Phil Housley said he was pleased with his team's effort.

"I just liked the desperation, urgency and the emotion that we brought to the game," Housley told reporters after the game. "Guys were playing for one another. Our D-zone coverage and our rush coverage was really, really solid against a really talented hockey team."

One question for the Sabres is who will be in goal against the Capitals. Carter Hutton played against Tampa Bay, making 39 saves while giving up only one goal.

He stepped in for Linus Ullmark, who was supposed to start the game. However, he "aggravated a minor injury during the team's morning skate," according to the team.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 5/25/2019 12:04:01 AM EST

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