The Washington Capitals returned to MedStar Capitals Iceplex Monday morning for practice following a day off for the team on Sunday. Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette said Dowd is “definitely getting closer” and they plan to discuss this afternoon whether he’ll be able to play tomorrow. JOHN CARLSONJohn Carlson was on the ice before Capitals practice on Monday morning, working out with Capitals skating coach, Wendy Marco. STAT OF THE DAY – SHOOTING PERCENTAGEToday’s stat of the day revisits the Capitals team shooting percentage at five-on-five over the course of the season (58 games). Bonus Stat – why the return of Nic Dowd is so important can be easily defined in the following metrics table.
BHP Group (ASX: BHP) received approval from Brazil’s competition regulator on Monday for its acquisition of OZ Minerals (ASX: OZL). BHP announced its intent to buy-out OZ Minerals last year, which will help strengthen the company’s concentration in raw materials, particularly copper. The deal will include OZ Mineral’s Oak Dam exploration prospect in South Australia and nickel from OZ Mineral’s Musgrave greenfield project in Western Australia. OZ Minerals shareholders will still need to vote in favour of the takeover moving ahead, which is due to be held sometime in March or April. But so far, the company is yet to officially respond to the takeover bid while it is evaluating it along with its financial and legal advisers.1 month ago Small Caps
A State Street Global Advisors Retirement Reality report has shown that there is a widespread lack of confidence in Australia’s retirement system and particularly how well it will work in retirement. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 40% of Australian respondents reported that they had little confidence in their preparedness for their retirement. More work to be done on retirement productsAccording to the report, industry and government “clearly have much work” to undertake in simplifying, explaining and building confidence in Australia’s retirement system. In that vein, the report showed that many Australians are prioritising flexibility in retirement income products, preferring products that provide easy access to savings during early retirement followed by stable income in later years. Interestingly, the report found that most Australians would prefer to get their retirement income solution from the super fund that they are already using.1 month ago Small Caps
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesThe Washington Capitals fell to the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 5-3 at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday. The goal marked the eighth one that the Capitals have scored in the final minute of a period this season. Shots: 15-10 PhiladelphiaOther Notable Stats: Washington led 17-10 in hits but Philadelphia won 64% of the draws and scored once on two power plays. RecapShots: 36-29 Philadelphia (11-9 Washington in the third)Other Notable Stats: Philadelphia won 56% of the draws and finished with two goals on six power plays. Next game: Saturday vs. Philadelphia (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington in-market, ESPN+ out-of-market)By Harrison BrownShare this: Tweet2 months ago NoVa Caps
Mineral ResourcesMineral Resources (ASX: MIN) has opened its off-market takeover bid for oil and gas company Norwest Energy (ASX: NWE), after the deal was announced back in December. The offer will close on 6 February, adding to the 19.9% of Norwest Energy shares that Mineral Resources currently owns. The company also confirmed current commissioning works were at 90% completion, as the company produced battery quality 99.76% lithium carbonate product. Core LithiumAustralian lithium miner Core Lithium (ASX: CXO) has completed its maiden shipment of lithium product from the giant’s Finniss operation on the Cox Peninsula located in the Northern Territory. “This first shipment of lithium product has also allowed our team to successfully commission the logistics chain linking Finniss to the Darwin Port,” he said.2 months ago Small Caps
Photo by John McCreary/NHLI via Getty ImagesThe Washington Capitals host the Montreal Canadiens for the final time this season when they meet in the District on Saturday afternoon, New Year’s Eve. Washington took the first meeting by a score of 3-1 on October 15 and are 5-0-1 in their last six vs. Montreal, including four straight wins. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington in-market or ESPN+ out-of-market starting at 4 PM ET. SCHEDULEMontreal: continue four-game Southeast road trip after dropping the first two by a combined score of 11-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers on back-to-back nights, stretch where they play seven straight away from Bell Centre (1-3-1 so far)Washington: continue three-game homestand where they play just Atlantic Division opponents, which opened with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators on ThursdayRECORDSMontreal: 15-18-3/.458 points percentage – last in Atlantic Division, 14th in Eastern Conference; 6-9-3 on road, 19th in NHLWashington: 20-13-5/.592 points percentage – third in Metropolitan Division (but sixth in points percentage), tied for fifth in Eastern Conference (ninth); 11-5-2 at home, tied for seventhHOW EACH TEAM IS DOINGMontreal: four straight losses, are 4-9-2 since November 29 (third-worst)Washington: have points in six straight (5-0-1) and are 10-1-1 in last 12, 13-3-2 in their last 18 since dropping nine of their previous 11 (2-6-3)TEAM LEADERSMontrealRW Cole Caufield (19 goals)C Kirby Dach (17 assists)C Nick Suzuki (31 points, 20:58 TOI/game) — excluding D Mike Matheson (24:14)/D David Savard (22:17)Notes: Caufield, 21, has gone scoreless in four straight and has a -4 rating over that span; Suzuki, 23, has gone scoreless in five straight, has a -4 rating over that span, and has just one goal in his last seven (-8); RW Josh Anderson has one goal, one assist in last eight and went scoreless in three straight before scoring in Florida; LW Mike Hoffman ended a three-game scoring drought with an assist on Thursday, has just one goal, two points in last nine; D Arber Xhekaj has one goal, three points in last three; LW Juraj Slafkovsky has gone scoreless in seven straight; LW Brendan Gallagher has gone scoreless in five straight but didn’t play for a month over that stretch; LW Evgenii Dadonov has just two goals, eight points in 29 games this seasonWashingtonLW Alex Ovechkin (23 goals, 42 points)C Evgeny Kuznetsov (24 assists)D Dmitry Orlov (22:23 TOI/game) — excluding D John CarlsonNotes: Ovechkin, 37, has 21 goals and 37 points in his last 32, including 10 goals, 17 points, five multi-point efforts in his last 12; Kuznetsov, 30, has 11 assists and 14 points over his last 13, including two goal and seven points in his last six; LW Anthony Mantha has just two assists in his last seven; D Erik Gustafsson has a +14 rating over his last nine and five goals, 10 points over a six-game point-streak; LW Sonny Milano has two goals, six points in his last seven; LW Conor Sheary has four assists, five points over three-game point-streak; C Nic Dowd has four goals, six points in his last eightKEY TEAM STATSGoals-per-game: MTL – 2.61 (T-28th) WSH – 3.11 (17th)Goals-against per game: MTL – 3.58 (T-26th) WSH – 2.74 (T-9th)Power Play: MTL – 14.9% (32nd) WSH – 21% (T-20th)Penalty Kill: MTL – 75.4% (22nd) WSH – 81.8% (7th)Shots-per-game: MTL – 28.2 (30th) WSH – 31.3 (18th)Shots-against per game: MTL – 33.5 (26th) WSH – 30.5 (T-11th)Faceoff-winning %: MTL – 50.2% (13th) WSH – 48.8% (T-21st)5v5 Corsi-for %: MTL – 47.91% (24th) WSH – 50.66% (16th)5v5 x Goals-For %: MTL – 44.04% (29th) WSH – 50.9% (17th)5v5 SCF %: MTL – 44.35% (26th) WSH – 50.92% (13th)5v5 Shooting %: MTL – 8.39% (15th) WSH – 8.04% (21st)5v5 Save %: MTL – .9073 (28th) WSH – .9235 (9th)5v5 PDO: MTL – .991 (24th) WSH – 1.004 (14th)EXPECTED STARTING GOALTENDERSMontreal: Jake Allen, 32 — 9-14-1, .900 save percentage, 3.29 goals-against average in 24 games this season; 3-3-0, .902 save percentage, 2.97 goals-against average, one shutout in six career games vs. WashingtonWashington: Charlie Lindgren, 29 — 10-4-2, .912 save percentage, 2.60 goals-against average in 17 games this season; 22 saves (.957 save percentage) in St. Louis Blues’ 4-1 win over Montreal on December 11, 2021, the lone appearance he has made against his former team in his careerMontrealMatheson (lower-body, will miss sixth straight game, out indefinitely)Savard (upper-body, 13th, week-to-week)G Carey Price (knee, 37th, entire season)LW Paul Byron (hip, 37th, indefinite)C Sean Monahan (lower-body, 12th, week-to-week)WashingtonCarlson (upper-body, third, indefinite)RW Connor Brown (ACL, 35th, indefinite)LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 39th, indefinite)RW Tom Wilson (ACL, 39th, indefinite)C Nicklas Backstrom (hip/COVID-19 protocol, 39th, indefinite)RW T.J. Oshie (upper-body, sixth, day-to-day)PROJECTED LINEUPSMontrealCaufield — Suzuki — DachHoffman — Jake Evans — AndersonSlafkovsky — Christian Dvorak — GallagherDadonov — Jona2 months ago NoVa Caps
The Washington Capitals returned to work Tuesday morning at Madison Square Garden in New York City following their three-day holiday break. Once arriving in New York City this morning, the team held a workout at Madison Square Garden in preparation for their tilt against the Rangers tonight. Defenseman Alex Alexeyev looks to return to the lineup tonight. The story remains the same, as the Capitals team average continue to climb, now well above 50% and one of the best in the league over the last month and a half. On December 4 he made the next big step in his hockey career, starting for Avangard’s KHL team.2 months ago NoVa Caps
Ottawa led 8-6 in hits and had four giveaways while Washington was on the board for five. Second PeriodScoring5:25, 2-1 Washington: Ovechkin blasted a one-timer off of Orlov’s feed from up top and Talbot stopped the shot before the puck squeaked through his legs. Washington had three power plays, led 16-9 in blocked shots, and posted eight giveaways while Ottawa was on the hook for 10. Ovechkin has averaged 4.74 shots per game in his career, while Ray Bourque, who previously held the record, averaged 3.85 (6,209 shots in 1,612 career games). Ottawa, who had six power plays, led 30-14 in hits, 8-1 in takeaways, and won 56% of the faceoffs.3 months ago NoVa Caps