Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Caps Look For Road Icing

As great as the Caps have been playing at home lately, it is on the road that they've made their mark. Not only have they won two of three away from Verizon Center, but it was game three against the New York Rangers (a 4-0 win) that started the turnaround in that series.

Overall, the Caps have allowed just five goals (second fewest in the league) in three postseason games -- two of which were on the power play. Even so, against the Rangers, their power play (28.6 percent, sixth) and penalty kill (88.2, sixth) were pretty decent.

The red, white and blue have won three in a row in the regular season at Mellon Arena and is 3-0-1 in its last four visits. The Caps were 16-6-3 in their last 25 regular-season road games and 10-3-3 on the road after the All-Star break.

Simeon Varlamov leads the NHL in GAA (1.51, tied with Boston's Tim Thomas) and is second to Jonas Hiller in save percentage (.945).

Washington is 11-19 in Game 3, 8-9 when it is played on the road and 3-4 after it won the first two games. The Caps are 2-5 against Pittsburgh in Game 3.

Finally, the Caps are 3-0 when being outshot in these playoffs and 4-0 when their opponent has 25 or more shots on goal. Quite a difference from the regular season, eh?

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