The Washington Capitals are off to one among their worst begins of the Alex Ovechkin Period. They’re underneath .500 with a document of 7-9-3. They sit seventh within the Metropolitan Division. They path first-place New Jersey by 11 standing factors. If the playoffs began as we speak, the Caps would miss the dance for the primary time since 2013-14.
There are good excuses as to why. The staff is badly injured, lacking prime gamers like Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson, and TJ Oshie. A few of these injury-replacement gamers have themselves been misplaced to harm as nicely. Nonetheless, it looks like the Caps have sufficient expertise within the lineup to win extra regularly.
The Caps have struggled, beginning sluggish and infrequently placing collectively full 60-minute video games.
Listed below are numbers that stand out as regarding.
The variety of occasions the Capitals have given up three or extra targets in a interval. That is seven occasions in 19 video games. The Capitals are 1-5-1 in these contests. “It is not a recipe for achievement,” John Carlson stated after the Caps surrendered three targets within the first interval to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday — the third straight recreation they’ve achieved so.
Caps dangerous durations
- 10-17-2022: 3 targets allowed within the 2nd interval towards the Vancouver Canucks – 6-4 Win
- 10-20-2022: 3 targets allowed within the third interval towards the Ottawa Senators – 5-2 Loss
- 05-11-2022: 3 targets allowed within the third interval towards the Arizona Coyotes – 3-2 Loss
- 09-11-2022: 3 targets allowed within the 2nd interval towards the Pittsburgh Penguins – 4-1 Loss
- 11-13-2022: 4 targets allowed within the 1st interval towards the Tampa Bay Lightning – 6-3 Loss
- 11-15-2022: 3 targets allowed within the third interval towards the Florida Panthers – 5-2 Loss
- 11-17-2022: 3 targets allowed within the 1st interval towards the St. Louis Blues – 5-4 (SO) Loss
Washington’s rank in changing energy performs this season at 19.4 p.c. John Carlson’s PPG on Thursday ended a chilly streak throughout 23 alternatives. The Capitals additionally began the season 0 for 9 on the person benefit.
The staff depends closely on Alex Ovechkin, who has scored 5 of the staff’s PPGs this season. His teammates from him have discovered the again of the online solely 9 occasions mixed.
The Capitals’ document on the street this season is the fifth-worst within the NHL. The Capitals common 2.50 targets and quit 3.30 targets per recreation away from Capital One Area. Their power-play proportion drops to 12.5—second worst within the league. The Capitals have taken the sixth-most minor penalties within the NHL (42) on the street, giving up 9 power-play targets (fifth-most within the league).
The variety of five-on-five targets Conor Sheary has, main all Capitals gamers (together with Alex Ovechkin). Sheary is a participant who suits extra in a middle-six position. However because of the staff’s accidents, he has turn into one of many staff’s most reliable scorers as gamers like Anthony Mantha have scuffled. Sheary’s seven targets in any respect strengths this season ranks second on the staff. This can be a good factor, however it’s additionally dangerous. It speaks to how little the Caps are getting from everybody else.
The share-point enhance in opponent offense in comparison with league common when first-pairing defenseman John Carlson is on the ice, in response to HockeyViz. That is the best enhance in opponent hazard amongst all Caps defenders. (Orlov is plus-8.)
Washington’s rank in PDO within the month of November, 0.976. PDO is the sum of capturing percentages (6.8 p.c) and save percentages (90.8 p.c) throughout five-on-five play. Washington’s PDO in October was 1,029, third highest within the league. This implies the Capitals have been tremendous unfortunate these days.
The distinction between Washington’s possession of shot makes an attempt (48.3 p.c) and their possession of expected-goals (44.9 p.c). Solely 4 groups have an even bigger hole between amount and high quality: Arizona, Anaheim, Winnipeg, and Colorado.
Erik Gustafsson’s team-worst on-ice objective differential. Gustafsson was signed over the offseason by GM Brian MacLellan to play on the staff’s third protection pairing. He’s aggressive in creating offense within the offensive zone and the Swede does so, posting a team-high 53.8 shots-attempts proportion amongst Caps defensemen. However that’s resulting in too many targets the opposite method. He is been on the ice for 13 5v5 opponent targets, which trails solely Martin Fehervary (14). Gustafsson is skating on the primary pairing with John Carlson because the staff waits to get Dmitry Orlov again from harm.
Proportion of anticipated targets belonging to the Caps when Connor McMichael is on the ice. That is the bottom proportion of any participant in the complete league who was performed not less than half-hour. (The Capitals objective differential is even at the moment: 2 for Washington, 2 for opponents)
The variety of targets Darcy Kuemper has saved above the quantity anticipated by Moneypuck’s mannequin (37.9 anticipated, 36 precise). Kuemper has confronted the ninth highest whole anticipated targets within the league. (Only for the document, Vitek Vanecek has saved 0.4 targets above anticipated, and Ilya Samsonov has saved 4.9 targets above anticipated).
Kuemper’s been good, however the struggling Caps protection wants much more from him.
None of Washington’s beginning 4 facilities have a faceoff proportion over 50 p.c.
Lars Eller: 49.9%
Evgeny Kuznetsov: 47.0%
Nick Dowd: 44.9%
Dylan Strome: 44.7%
Positive, faceoffs do not matter over the lengthy haul, however seeing this provides me heartburn anyway.
The variety of Capitals gamers who’ve missed time this season as a consequence of harm. The Capitals are the most-injured staff within the NHL this season.
- D. Alexander Alexeyevshoulder, returned in November
- FNicklas Backstromhip resurfacing, timeline unknown
- F. Connor BrownACL, possible out for season
- D John Carlsondecrease physique, missed six video games
- F. Beck Malenstynfinger, 6-8 weeks
- F T J Oshie“indefinitely”
- F Tom WilsonACL, anticipated return round December
- F. Carl Hagelinhip, indefinite
- D Dmitry Orlovknee, day-to-day