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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 4/4/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NY ISLANDERS (18-16-0-3, 39 pts.) at WASHINGTON (17-17-0-2, 36 pts.)
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Thursday, 4/4/2013 7:05 PM
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55NY ISLANDERS+120Ov 5.5,-110+120Ov 5.5,-110
56WASHINGTON-140Un 5.5,-110-140Un 5.5,-110
NY ISLANDERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games18-19-0-0.918-19-0.921-152.930.53.128.9
Team Stats (Road Games)11-6-0+711-6+79-
Last 5 Games4-1-0+3.44-1+3.42-
NY ISLANDERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)371082540385911299.6%1292821.7%181
Team Stats (Road Games)17531120184449910.6%481225.0%82
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)515536121629.3%14214.3%25
Stats Against (All Games) 11526365038107010.7%1122219.6%203
Stats Against (Road Games) 48161516115199.2%56916.1%83
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 10343001357.4%9222.2%18
NY ISLANDERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
RICK DIPIETRO (All Games)33837185.5%00-3-3.20-3-0-32-1
RICK DIPIETRO (Road Games)22534686.8%00-2-20-2-0-21-1
RICK DIPIETRO (Last 4 Games)33837185.5%00-3-3.20-3-0-32-1
EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)313188780390.5%217-14+3.517-14-0+416-14
EVGENI NABOKOV (Road Games)151545441591.4%111-4+911-4-0+88-7
EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)4411010292.7%13-1+2.33-1-0+21-3
KEVIN POULIN (All Games)43928188.0%01-2-1.31-2-0-13-0
KEVIN POULIN (Road Games)10111090.9%00-000-0-000-0
KEVIN POULIN (Last 4 Games)43928188.0%01-2-1.31-2-0-13-0

WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games17-19-0-2.317-19-2.315-
Team Stats (Home Games)8-8-0-1.88-8-1.86-
Last 5 Games3-2-0+13-2+13-13.626.43.230.8
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)361072836394298410.9%1263124.6%183
Team Stats (Home Games)16481217181043511.0%551425.5%85
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5184842213213.6%20525.0%25
Stats Against (All Games) 1043538292111369.2%1303123.8%182
Stats Against (Home Games) 43141910014729.1%491020.4%74
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 169331015410.4%14535.7%27
WASHINGTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)21595491.5%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)21595491.5%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)272680973891.2%215-11+4.215-11-0+313-10
BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)131339336191.9%27-6+0.17-6-006-5
BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)4412210888.5%02-2-0.42-2-003-1
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)10926724089.9%02-7-5.62-7-0-61-8
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Home Games)43786887.2%01-2-1.91-2-0-20-3
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)43988990.8%01-2-0.61-2-0-11-2
Average power rating of opponents played: NY ISLANDERS 3.1,  WASHINGTON 2.89
3/9/2013WASHINGTON5-2W0, -125W5.5 ovO
3/10/2013at PITTSBURGH1-6L0, +150L6 unO
3/14/2013at TAMPA BAY2-0W0, +105W6 ovU
3/16/2013at FLORIDA4-3W0, -125W5.5 unO
3/19/2013OTTAWA3-5L0, -135L5.5 unO
3/21/2013MONTREAL2-5L0, +120L5.5 ovO
3/22/2013PITTSBURGH2-4L0, +145L6 unP
3/24/2013FLORIDA3-0W0, -200W5.5 evU
3/26/2013at WASHINGTON3-2W0, +120W5.5 unU
3/28/2013at PHILADELPHIA4-3W0, +115W5.5 ovO
3/30/2013at PITTSBURGH0-2L0, +190L6 unU
4/1/2013at NEW JERSEY3-1W0, -105W5 ovU
4/2/2013WINNIPEG5-2W0, -125W5.5 unO
4/4/2013at WASHINGTON 
4/6/2013TAMPA BAY 
4/11/2013at BOSTON 
4/13/2013NY RANGERS 

3/9/2013at NY ISLANDERS2-5L0, +105L5.5 ovO
3/10/2013NY RANGERS1-4L0, -105L5 ovP
3/12/2013CAROLINA0-4L0, -110L5.5 unU
3/14/2013at CAROLINA3-2W0, +145W5.5 ovU
3/16/2013at BOSTON1-4L0, +190L5.5 unU
3/17/2013BUFFALO5-3W0, -135W5.5 unO
3/19/2013at PITTSBURGH1-2L0, +180L6 unU
3/21/2013at WINNIPEG4-0W0, +120W5.5 unU
3/22/2013at WINNIPEG6-1W0, +120W5.5 unO
3/24/2013at NY RANGERS3-2W0, +135W5 ovP
3/26/2013NY ISLANDERS2-3L0, -140L5.5 unU
3/30/2013at BUFFALO4-3W0, -120W5 ovO
3/31/2013at PHILADELPHIA4-5L0, +100L5.5 ovO
4/2/2013at CAROLINA5-3W0, -115W5.5 unO
4/6/2013at FLORIDA 
4/7/2013TAMPA BAY 
4/9/2013at MONTREAL 
4/13/2013TAMPA BAY 

LAST SEASON: 34-37-7, 79 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference.

COACH: Jack Capuano, 3rd season with Islanders, 60-66-21; 3rd overall in NHL.

ADDED: D Lubomir Visnovsky, D Matt Carkner, RW Brad Boyes, LW Eric Boulton, D Radek Martinek.

LOST: RW P.A. Parenteau, G Al Montoya, C Micheal Haley.

PLAYER TO WATCH: John Tavares. Fresh off his first 30-goal season in the NHL, the 22-year-old center is already establishing himself as a star heading into his fourth year with the Islanders. Tavares has increased his goal and point totals each season, topping out at 31 goals and 81 points in 2011-12 while playing in all 82 games.

OUTLOOK: With veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov behind them, the Islanders could surprise some people in a short season. With young talent up front, led by Tavares, the up-and-coming club could hang around and perhaps sneak into a playoff spot in the sprint to the finish.


LAST SEASON: 42-32-8, 92 points. Lost to New York Rangers 4-3 in Eastern Conference semifinals.

COACH: Adam Oates, 1st season with Capitals; 1st overall in NHL.

ADDED: C Mike Ribeiro, RW Eric Fehr, LW Wojtek Wolski.

LOST: RW Alexander Semin, G Tomas Vokoun, RW Mike Knuble, D Dennis Wideman.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Alex Ovechkin. Something less than Alexander the Great the past two seasons, the Capitals' captain will be the key to how far Washington goes this season. There's been talk of shifting him from left wing to right wing in a bid to get him back to the form that earned two league MVP awards.

OUTLOOK: Under first-time head coach Oates, the Capitals will try to find the proper balance between the all-out, go-go style and sit-back-and-play-defense style they shifted between under past coaches Bruce Boudreau and Dale Hunter. For all the talent on Washington's roster, the team has never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs with Ovechkin.

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

(ADDS Erat quote)

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


New York (18-16-3) at Washington (17-17-2), 7:00 p.m. EDT

It may be Southeast Division title or bust for the Washington Capitals in their quest for a sixth consecutive postseason appearance, but coach Adam Oates has said his team isn't focused on the standings quite yet.

The New York Islanders, meanwhile, have become motivated by the possibility of ending the franchise's playoff drought.

One day after acquiring Martin Erat at the trade deadline, Washington looks to create a tie atop its division by earning its first victory in three tries versus visiting New York on Thursday night.

The Capitals (17-17-2) are on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, though their recent 5-1-1 surge has helped them pull within two points of Southeast-leading Winnipeg with 12 games remaining.

Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist and Mike Green also scored twice to help Washington overcome a two-goal first-period deficit in Tuesday's 5-3 win at Carolina.

"The team feels good and we just have to play the same way," said Ovechkin, who has scored in eight of his last nine games and has 10 goals and five assists in that stretch.

Green extended his goal-scoring streak to three games, totaling four goals and an assist in that span.

"We know where we stand and what games are most important here," Green said.

Though Oates won't deny that, he's hoping his team isn't looking too far ahead. Given the tight nature of the playoff race, Washington may be left out if it doesn't capture the division crown.

"We have to play our hockey and just keep improving," Oates said. "We'll worry about (the standings) later."

Washington added some depth for its playoff chase, acquiring Erat from Nashville. The veteran winger spent nine-plus seasons with the Predators and had four goals and a team-high 17 assists this season.

"The (Capitals) have a great team, they just have to show it on the ice," Erat said on a conference call Wednesday night. "It's just missing a couple pieces here and (there), but they got the right chance every year. ... I really don't care if I play right or left or if I'm going to the first or third line. I just want to win."

The Capitals, though, may have paid a hefty price for Erat, giving up highly regarded 18-year-old forward prospect Filip Forsberg, who was selected in the first round in 2012.

It's unclear if Erat will play when Washington takes on its next challenge - knocking off the upstart Islanders, who dealt the Capitals their only regulation loss during their recent surge as John Tavares scored with 5:18 left to give New York a 3-2 road win March 26.

Tavares scored twice and Frans Nielsen added a goal and an assist in a 5-2 victory over Washington on March 9, and the Islanders will look to beat the Capitals three times in a season for the first time since 2007-08.

New York (18-16-2) helped Washington by defeating Winnipeg 5-2 on Tuesday, its fifth win in six games. The Islanders currently are tied with New Jersey for the No. 7 seed and are trying to fend off the New York Rangers as well to make their first postseason appearance since 2006-07.

"There's a long way to go," said Nielsen, who ended a 11-game goal drought. "There are still a lot of points up for grabs. It's fun where we are in the standings right now, but there's still a lot of work to do."

Tavares scored for the fifth time in six games Tuesday, and his team-best 23 goals trail only Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos' 25. The high-scoring center has never appeared in the playoffs, but coach Jack Capuano believed before the season the Islanders had a chance to make that happen.

"We talked last summer about how we wanted to play meaningful games the last month of the season," Capuano said. "We're seeing the results of doing all the little things right."

Evgeni Nabokov had Tuesday off but could be back in net for this contest. He has stopped 42 of 46 shots in winning both meetings with Washington this season and is 12-1-2 with a 2.17 goals-against average in his career versus the Capitals.

Washington likely will counter with Braden Holtby, who is 2-1-1 with a 3.44 GAA in a stretch that began with making 28 saves in the last matchup with the Islanders.

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