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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 4/26/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
PITTSBURGH
 
WASHINGTON
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PITTSBURGH (51-31-0-6, 108 pts.) at WASHINGTON (53-26-0-9, 115 pts.)
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Thursday, 4/26/2018 7:05 PM
Eastern Conference Semifinals - Best of 7 - Game 1
#1 GOALTENDERS: PITTSBURGH - MATT MURRAY, WASHINGTON - BRADEN HOLTBY
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
87PITTSBURGH-105Ov 6,-105+105Ov 6,-105
88WASHINGTON-115Un 6,-115-125Un 6,-115
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games51-37-0-2.651-37-2.649-343.434.23.030.7
Team Stats (Road Games)20-24-0-9.820-24-9.825-173.232.03.330.3
Last 5 Games3-2-0-1.83-2-1.81-14.230.23.024.8
Playoff Games4-2-0-0.84-2-0.82-14.730.72.524.7
vs. Division22-12-0+1.322-12+1.318-133.734.72.830.9
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)8830083931101414300710.0%2857325.6%509
Team Stats (Road Games)441393850483614089.9%1263326.2%231
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5215970115113.9%21419.0%35
Team Stats (Playoffs)62881190118415.2%25520.0%47
Team Stats (vs. Division)3412629434595117910.7%1022928.4%214
Stats Against (All Games) 265831027461227019.8%2865519.2%455
Stats Against (Road Games) 14647554048133510.9%1512818.5%252
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 154560212412.1%17211.8%21
Stats Against (Playoffs) 154560214810.1%2129.5%21
Stats Against (vs. Division) 952239322410499.1%1101614.5%160
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
CASEY DESMITH (All Games)141135632892.1%16-5-1.26-5-0-14-7
CASEY DESMITH (Road Games)7516514990.3%01-4-4.21-4-0-42-3
CASEY DESMITH (vs. Division)4414413392.4%01-3-4.41-3-0-41-3
CASEY DESMITH (Last 4 Games)4411610893.1%13-1+0.93-1-0+12-2
CASEY DESMITH (Playoff Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TRISTAN JARRY (All Games)262368762490.8%014-9+2.514-9-0+315-7
TRISTAN JARRY (Road Games)131235932690.8%06-6-0.36-6-008-4
TRISTAN JARRY (vs. Division)10926624692.5%07-2+4.47-2-0+46-3
TRISTAN JARRY (Last 4 Games)441029088.2%03-1+1.93-1-0+24-0
TRISTAN JARRY (Playoff Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MATT MURRAY (All Games)55511569142390.7%231-20-0.931-20-0027-20
MATT MURRAY (Road Games)272472665389.9%013-11-2.313-11-0-212-10
MATT MURRAY (vs. Division)222163557590.6%114-7+1.414-7-0+211-7
MATT MURRAY (Last 4 Games)441039491.3%03-1+0.23-1-001-1
MATT MURRAY (Playoff Games)6614613391.1%14-2-0.84-2-0-12-1

WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games53-35-0+11.853-35+11.850-363.229.62.931.9
Team Stats (Home Games)28-15-0+6.628-15+6.623-193.330.32.630.4
Last 5 Games4-1-0+2.44-1+2.43-24.238.62.833.8
Playoff Games4-2-0+0.94-2+0.94-24.037.23.032.7
vs. Division21-13-0+4.621-13+4.621-123.529.13.132.9
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)882838395921321260210.9%2706423.7%477
Team Stats (Home Games)43144444745810130411.0%1463725.3%245
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5215862219310.9%21733.3%35
Team Stats (Playoffs)6247872222310.8%27933.3%41
Team Stats (vs. Division)341183838384698811.9%1172823.9%203
Stats Against (All Games) 25772809691328099.1%2935719.5%422
Stats Against (Home Games) 1133138404713078.6%1322922.0%186
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14265101698.3%20210.0%21
Stats Against (Playoffs) 18277201969.2%24416.7%29
Stats Against (vs. Division) 1052535405511189.4%1132320.4%166
WASHINGTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)3730100292191.9%115-15-2.415-15-0-213-16
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Home Games)121233230391.3%06-6-26-6-0-25-7
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (vs. Division)12934231190.9%14-5-2.14-5-0-26-2
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)4411510288.7%01-3-3.21-3-0-43-1
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Playoff Games)22494183.7%00-2-3.20-2-0-42-0
BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)59581795163290.9%138-20+14.238-20-0+1537-20
BRADEN HOLTBY (Home Games)323196889192.0%022-9+8.622-9-0+918-12
BRADEN HOLTBY (vs. Division)262577270391.1%017-8+6.717-8-0+615-10
BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)4413913093.5%04-0+44-0-0+42-2
BRADEN HOLTBY (Playoff Games)5414713793.2%04-0+44-0-0+42-2
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 3.02,  WASHINGTON 3.04
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
PITTSBURGH - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
3/31/2018MONTREAL5-2W0, -290W6 unO
4/1/2018WASHINGTON1-3L0, -125L6 ovU
4/5/2018at COLUMBUS5-4W0, -110W5.5 unO
4/6/2018OTTAWA4-0W0, -290W6 ovU
4/11/2018PHILADELPHIA7-0W0, -185W6 unO
4/13/2018PHILADELPHIA1-5L0, -210L6 unP
4/15/2018at PHILADELPHIA5-1W0, -140W6 evP
4/18/2018at PHILADELPHIA5-0W0, -150W6 evU
4/20/2018PHILADELPHIA2-4L0, -275L6 unP
4/22/2018at PHILADELPHIA8-5W0, -155W6 unO
4/26/2018at WASHINGTON 

WASHINGTON - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
3/30/2018CAROLINA1-4L0, -205L6 unU
4/1/2018at PITTSBURGH3-1W0, +105W6 ovU
4/2/2018at ST LOUIS4-2W0, +160W5.5 evO
4/5/2018NASHVILLE3-4L0, -110L5.5 ovO
4/7/2018NEW JERSEY5-3W0, -185W5.5 ovO
4/12/2018COLUMBUS3-4L0, -150L5.5 unO
4/15/2018COLUMBUS4-5L0, -165L5.5 unO
4/17/2018at COLUMBUS3-2W0, -115W6 evU
4/19/2018at COLUMBUS4-1W0, -105W5.5 evU
4/21/2018COLUMBUS4-3W0, -170W5.5 unO
4/23/2018at COLUMBUS6-3W0, +105W5.5 ovO
4/26/2018PITTSBURGH 
KEY GAME INFORMATION
PITTSBURGH: Key additions: D Matt Hunwick (Maple Leafs), F Ryan Reaves (trade with Blues), G Antti Niemi (Stars)
Key Losses: G Marc-Andre Fleury (Golden Knights), F Nick Bonino (Predators), D Trevor Daley (Red Wings), F Chris Kunitz (Lightning), D Ron Hainsey (Maple Leafs), F Matt Cullen (Wild), D Mark Streit (Canadiens)
OUTLOOK: A lot of familiar faces are gone, but there's probably not a better team stocked from top to bottom for another run. They have elite playoff experience, elite goal scorers and soon-to-be elite up-and-comers. The bar is high.
WASHINGTON: Key additions: F Devante Smith-Pelly (Devils)
Key Losses: F Marcus Johansson (trade with Devils), D Kevin Shattenkirk (Rangers), D Karl Alzner (Canadiens), F Justin Williams (Hurricanes), D Nate Schmidt (Golden Knights)
OUTLOOK: Their "all-in" 2016-17 left them in an unenviable place this offseason, and they didn't come out of it undamaged. There are still some big faces around, but might they be dealt sooner rather than later? Disappointment incoming.
PREVIEW
Pens to be without two key players at start of series vs. Capitals

Pittsburgh has had great success against the Washington Capitals in the playoffs, but the Penguins will be challenged by the absence of a couple key players when the teams open a second-round series Thursday at Capital One Arena.

Center Evgeni Malkin, who led Pittsburgh in scoring in the regular season, and Carl Hagelin, a prime penalty-killer, have been ruled out for Game 1 because of unspecified injuries sustained late in the Penguins' first-round win against Philadelphia, coach Mike Sullivan said Wednesday.

"Guys have to step up in different roles maybe," Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said Wednesday. "I don't think anybody has to put too much pressure on themselves. I think collectively we can find ways (to bridge the gap). Those guys aren't easy to replace, but that's what we're faced with."

Washington has one known injury. Forward Andre Burakovsky is out at least for the start of the Penguins series because of an undisclosed injury he got in the first round against Columbus.

The Capitals also have history working against them. They are 1-9 all-time in playoff series against Pittsburgh, including losses the past two seasons and in 2009. In each of those three years, the Penguins went on to win the Stanley Cup.

The Capitals don't find that discouraging.

"There's not a person in our locker room or on our coaching staff that doesn't want to play the Penguins," Washington coach Barry Trotz said. "It's probably fitting. We're actually quite excited about it. They're two good teams. They always have been, and you get another match. It's all good."

Washington sniper and captain Alex Ovechkin has repeatedly declared, "I can't wait," since just moments after the Columbus series, and he expanded on that Wednesday.

"It's just fun. That's why we worked so hard all year, to be in this position," Ovechkin said. "It's a big challenge for us, especially against Pittsburgh. It's always a rivalry, always lots of attention to the series, and it's fun."

Ovechkin, 32, who has never won the Cup or even reached the Eastern Conference final, figures the law of averages will catch up with the Capitals eventually and they will beat the Penguins.

"One day it has to happen," he said. "If we want to get success, we have to beat Pittsburgh and move forward. They're the most experienced team right now in the league. Lots of great players. It's a huge challenge."

The Metropolitan Division clubs split their four games during the regular season. Washington won the division, with Pittsburgh finishing second, five points back.

"I don't think they're going to change the way they play. They've done it all year long," Penguins winger Phil Kessel said. "I don't think at this time of the year you change much what you do."

While the Penguins are set with goaltender Matt Murray, who has won two Cups and had two shutouts in the first round, Washington will start off with Braden Holtby, a former Vezina Trophy winner who struggled at times during the season and lost the No. 1 job at the start of the playoffs before regaining it during Game 3 of the Columbus series.

"He's been professional," Trotz said of Holtby. "When we made the decision to start (Philipp Grubauer), (Holtby) was all in. He just said, 'If I get a chance to get in, I'm going to stop the puck for you.' ... When he got in, he backed his words up."


Last Updated: 10/20/2018 10:29:12 AM EST


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