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NHL : ATS Matchup
Friday 10/13/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore
WASHINGTON
 
NEW JERSEY
PK  

PK  


5.5
 
5
Final
2

WASHINGTON (2-1-0-1, 5 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (3-0-0-0, 6 pts.)
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Friday, 10/13/2017 7:05 PM
#1 GOALTENDERS: WASHINGTON - BRADEN HOLTBY, NEW JERSEY - CORY SCHNEIDER
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
53WASHINGTON-145Ov 5.5,-110-145Ov 5.5,-110
54NEW JERSEY+125Un 5.5,-110+125Un 5.5,-110
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games2-2-0-0.42-2-0.43-14.024.73.036.7
Team Stats (Road Games)1-1-001-102-04.027.04.036.0
Last 5 Games2-2-0-0.42-2-0.43-14.024.73.036.7
vs. Division0-1-0-1.40-1-1.40-12.022.03.036.0
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)416744119916.2%13323.1%29
Team Stats (Road Games)28313115414.8%5240.0%13
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)416744119916.2%13323.1%29
Team Stats (vs. Division)1201100229.1%400.0%4
Stats Against (All Games) 12254101478.2%20420.0%21
Stats Against (Road Games) 8133107211.1%10110.0%14
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 12254101478.2%20420.0%21
Stats Against (vs. Division) 311100368.3%6350.0%6
WASHINGTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)11403690.0%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Road Games)11403690.0%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)11403690.0%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)331079992.5%02-1+0.62-1-0+12-1
BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)11322887.5%01-0+11-0-0+11-0
BRADEN HOLTBY (vs. Division)11363391.7%00-1-1.40-1-0-10-1
BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)331079992.5%02-1+0.62-1-0+12-1

NEW JERSEY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games3-0-0+3.83-0+3.82-15.333.72.038.7
Team Stats (Home Games)1-0-0+11-0+10-14.039.01.041.0
Last 5 Games3-0-0+3.83-0+3.82-15.333.72.038.7
vs. Division0-0-000-000-00000
NEW JERSEY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)3165830010115.8%13430.8%24
Team Stats (Home Games)14121003910.3%4375.0%7
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)3165830010115.8%13430.8%24
Team Stats (vs. Division)000000000.0%000.0%0
Stats Against (All Games) 6222001165.2%18316.7%10
Stats Against (Home Games) 101000412.4%600.0%2
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 6222001165.2%18316.7%10
Stats Against (vs. Division) 00000000.0%000.0%0
NEW JERSEY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
KEITH KINKAID (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KEITH KINKAID (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KEITH KINKAID (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)3311611094.8%03-0+3.83-0-0+42-1
CORY SCHNEIDER (Home Games)11414097.6%01-0+11-0-0+10-1
CORY SCHNEIDER (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)3311611094.8%03-0+3.83-0-0+42-1
Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 3.55,  NEW JERSEY 2.66
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
WASHINGTON - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
10/5/2017at OTTAWA5-4W0, -140W5.5 unO
10/7/2017MONTREAL6-1W0, -140W5 ovO
10/9/2017at TAMPA BAY3-4L0, +100L5.5 ovO
10/11/2017PITTSBURGH2-3L0, -135L6 evU
10/13/2017at NEW JERSEY 
10/14/2017at PHILADELPHIA 
10/17/2017TORONTO 
10/20/2017at DETROIT 
10/21/2017FLORIDA 

NEW JERSEY - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
10/7/2017COLORADO4-1W0, -130W5.5 unU
10/9/2017at BUFFALO6-2W0, +115W5.5 unO
10/11/2017at TORONTO6-3W0, +170W6 ovO
10/13/2017WASHINGTON 
10/14/2017at NY RANGERS 
10/17/2017TAMPA BAY 
10/19/2017at OTTAWA 
10/20/2017SAN JOSE 
KEY GAME INFORMATION
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.
NEW JERSEY: Key additions: F Marcus Johansson (trade with Capitals), F Brian Boyle (Maple Leafs), D Brian Strait (Winnipeg Jets), D Mirco Muller (Sharks)
Key Losses: F Michael Cammalleri (Kings), F Jacob Josefson (Sabres), F Beau Bennett (Blues)
OUTLOOK: There are still lots of questions on defense after cap-loaded general manager Ray Shero couldn't net Kevin Shattenkirk, but the offensive stock is rising. They're still a ways from competing, but youthful prospects are finally not lacking.
PREVIEW
Surprising Devils brace for Ovechkin, Capitals

The surprising New Jersey Devils look to keep the good times rolling Friday night when they host the Washington Capitals at the Prudential Center, a game that features two of the highest scoring teams in the NHL.

That the highly skilled Capitals (2-1-1) scored 16 goals and averaged four per game to start the season is not stunning, especially with superstar Alex Ovechkin accounting for half that total and recording a pair of hat tricks in the first two games.

The Devils (3-0-0), though, scored the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference each of the last two seasons. So, to see New Jersey score six goals in each of their last two games, and 16 in the opening three games, is rather shocking.

"It's a new team, we want to play fast, in-your-face hockey, and so far we're having some success with that," said rookie defenseman Will Butcher, who has five assists already and is one of eight newcomers on the Devils roster.

The goals have come in all game situations and from some unlikely candidates to this point for the Devils, who have three short-handed goals -- one in each game -- another four on the power play and nine at even strength.

Swedish rookie Jesper Bratt, a sixth-round pick in the 2016 draft, leads the team with three goals and six points, setting the tone with one each on the power play, penalty kill and even strength.

During Wednesday night's wild 6-3 win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto, the Devils even scored while down two men on the penalty kill. Brian Gibbons, an unexpected member of the season-opening roster, converted a rebound of Adam Henrique's shot for the first 3-on-5 goal in franchise history.

Gibbons already has two goals, as do youngsters Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha. And former Capitals forward Marcus Johansson, who will face his former teammates Friday for the first time in the regular season since being traded away this past summer, also has a pair.

Considering how little goal support he had the past two seasons, Devils goaltender Cory Schneider is thrilled with the team's offensive explosion to start the new campaign.

"It's a good feeling," Schneider told reporters Wednesday. "I don't think we're going to maintain six goals a night. Coach (John) Hynes has always said it's a race to three (goals) in this league. Right now, we seem better equipped to get to three."

Schneider made 47 saves in Toronto and is another big reason the Devils are undefeated. He has allowed only six goals and posted a .948 save percentage in the first three games. Whether he gets the start against the Capitals is not known since the Devils consecutive nights Friday and Saturday, and Hynes indicated backup Keith Kinkaid will start one of the two games.

The Devils need to play a stiffer game defensively and try not to rely so much on their goalie against the Capitals as that is a dangerous script to replicate against another top offensive team. Washington is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins after ringing up 14 goals in its first three games.

Ovechkin seems determined to re-assert himself as one of the league's elite players this season. He scored three goals in the season-opening win over the Ottawa Senators and two nights later put four into the back of the net against the Montreal Canadiens. He added his league-leading eighth goal in Wednesday's loss to the Penguins.

"You can see maybe he's more hungry," Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov said to The Washington Post about his high-scoring linemate. "I can see this in his eyes."

Ovechkin scored 33 goals last season, the first time since 2011-12 he did not score at least 50 in a full 82-game season. Only 16 of his goals last season came at even strength. So, after the Presidents' Trophy winners bowed out again in the second round of the playoffs, Ovechkin returned home to Russia, got in better shape physically and returned to Washington with a different intensity.

He will be a handful for the Devils on Friday, as he always is. In 45 career games against the Devils, Ovechkin has 21 goals.

Of course, he's not alone. The Capitals also feature Kuznetsov, who has eight assists already, T.J. Oshie, who is coming off a career-high 33 goals and has three in the first four games, and skilled center Nicklas Backstrom. Rookie defenseman Christian Djoos bears watching after scoring a goal and adding an assist in his NHL debut against the Penguins.

Then there is Tom Wilson, the rugged Capitals forward who will grab New Jersey's attention for multiple reasons, not the least of which is for his oft-reckless play. Wilson makes his season debut Friday after serving his second suspension already this fall for a preseason transgression.

"I expect the same Tom Wilson," said Capitals coach Barry Trotz after practice Thursday. "He's going to be a big body, hard to handle, and he's going to be a good penalty killer, detailed. I don't expect him to change other than on some decisions."

Like the Devils, the Capitals consecutive nights and Trotz also will play both of his goaltenders this weekend, though he did not say whether Braden Holtby or Philipp Grubauer starts Friday in New Jersey.


Last Updated: 10/20/2017 10:22:09 PM EST


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