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NHL facts and figures: Saad coming up clutch for Blackhawks

Forward has four game-winning goals; Ovechkin, Neal off to fast starts

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

We're less than two full weeks into the NHL season, but numbers and trends are already emerging.

Here's a look at some of them:

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Capitals at Flyers preview

Ovechkin leads Washington, NHL with nine goals; Philadelphia set for home opener

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

CAPITALS (3-1-1) at FLYERS (2-2-0)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, NBCSWA, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Washington Capitals will try for their second straight win when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

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Ovechkin, Backstrom, Kuznetsov driving fast start by Capitals

Washington is 10th team to have three players with 10 points through first five games of season

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Forward Alex Ovechkin and centers Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov continue to power the Washington Capitals' strong start this season.

Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, Backstrom scored a goal and had three assists, and Kuznetsov had two assists in the Capitals' 5-2 win at the New Jersey Devils on Friday, giving each player 10 points through the first five games of the season for Washington (3-1-1). Ovechkin has an NHL-leading nine goals and one assist, Backstrom has two goals and eight assists, and all 10 of Kuznetsov's points have been assists. They share the NHL lead in points.

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Provorov relishes matchup vs. Ovechkin

Flyers defenseman confident he can keep Capitals wing off scoresheet

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Growing up in Yaroslavl, Russia, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov was a big fan of Washington Capitals forward and fellow Russian Alex Ovechkin.

"He scored a lot of goals," Provorov, 20, said after practice Friday. "He's a great player, fun to watch. Growing up, yes, I watched a lot of his games, a lot of highlights."

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Ovechkin scores ninth of season in Capitals win

Backstrom, Oshie combine for seven points to help give Devils first loss

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading ninth goal, and T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom combined for seven points to help the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.

The Capitals (3-1-1) ended a two-game losing streak (0-1-1), and handed the Devils (3-1-0) their first loss of the season.

Backstrom had one goal and three assists, Oshie had two goals and an assist, Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists, and Braden Holtby made 21 saves for Washington.

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Capitals at Devils preview

New Jersey aims to stay undefeated; Ovechkin looks to continue hot start for Washington

by Mike G. Morreale / NHL.com Staff Writer

CAPITALS (2-1-1) at DEVILS (3-0-0)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, NBCSWA, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New Jersey Devils will look to win their fourth straight game and equal their best start in 22 seasons when they play the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center on Friday.

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Behind The Numbers

Hot start has Ovechkin eyeing history with Capitals

Scoring spree puts 65-goal season in play; shot at Gretzky's 894

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is off to the hottest start of his NHL career with eight goals through his first four games.

The goal-scoring binge has introduced the possibility of reaching milestones believed to once be out of reach. Could the forward match his personal high of 65 goals in a season and, if the surge continues, could it be the boost Ovechkin needs to approach Wayne Gretzky's record of 894 NHL goals?

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Penguins, Capitals pick up where they left off from playoffs

Pittsburgh gets best of Washington again

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulitti / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Five months and one day had passed since the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals played at Capital One Arena on May 10 and, though nothing that happened Wednesday was going to change what happened then, it served as reminder of the past and likely future of this rivalry.

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Penguins at Capitals preview

Ovechkin looks to continue quick start for Washington; Hornqvist game-time decision for Pittsburgh

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

PENGUINS (1-1-1) at CAPITALS (2-0-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV

 

The Game 

The Pittsburgh Penguins will play the Washington Capitals for the first time since the Penguins' seven-game victory in the Eastern Conference Second Round last season, at Capital One Arena. Pittsburgh has defeated Washington in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the past two seasons.

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

5 reasons to watch Penguins-Capitals

Crosby-Ovechkin matchup, Hornqvist's potential return highlights Wednesday Night Rivalry game

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals for the first time this season when they play at Capital One Arena in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).

The Penguins and Capitals will be playing for the 49th time in the regular season since Ovechkin and Crosby entered the NHL at the start of the 2005-06 season. The Penguins have won 27 of the 48 games in the Crosby-Ovechkin era; each team won twice at home last season, though one of the Penguins' wins came in overtime and the other in a shootout.

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