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The Capitals lost all four games this week. They weren’t even playing particularly good teams. None of the Caps’ opponents ranked in the top half of possession teams. None of them had a positive goal differential. None of them were in the playoff picture. One of them was Buffalo.
But they all beat the Caps.
That kind of stuff happens when your team shoots under 3% (vs Ottawa and Buffalo) or saves under 90% (vs Carolina and Minnesota). The good news is that those percentages jump around all the time, and they don’t mean much for the future success of the team. The bad news is the Caps took two points from a week where they easily could have had eight. That’s gonna hurt in April.
These are the numbers as of noon on Sunday, January 5th. The sample is restricted to 5-on-5 play while the score is close. That means within one goal in the first two periods and tied in the third. That way special teams, blowouts, and comebacks don’t color the data. Stats of note are highlighted in powderpuff pink and discussed below.
There’s Mike Green not defusing odd-man breaks:
And Dmitry Orlov joining the offense at the wrong time:
Caps lose again. Holtby stops 6 of 11. Ovi now a minus-17. Only five NHL forwards have worse plus-minus. Limited stat, I know. But still.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) January 5, 2014
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