Head coach Adam Oates of the Washington Capitals is. That sentence is still correct in the present tense. I’m astonished.
This is not another article listing the problems with Adam Oates, or even the problems with George McPhee. This is an article, the last in a series, describing the Capitals on a week-to-week basis using quantified analysis. If at any point the following article reads like a hitpiece against Caps coaching or management, that’s only because the math totally hates them. It’s not me, I swear.
Also, I think Dmitry Orlov is gonna be real good someday. Let’s do the numbers one more time!
These are the numbers as of 8 PM on Sunday, April 13th, though I’m not posting this until a few days later. The sample is 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.
But first, here are all the previous snapshots:
That’s it for the snapshot! 26 weeks and 40,000 words later, here we are …despairing at a team whose management seems to be less rigorous in self-reflection than this hapless blogger. If the last 26 weeks have taught me anything, well let’s make a list:
Now I turn it over to you: What did you like this season? What did you hate? I’ll have A LOT more to talk about in coming weeks, but it’s your chance to steer the conversation. GO NUTS!
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