They are all smiles. We are all smiles. (Photo: Patrick McDermott)
Welcome back, everybody! This is the Sunday Snapshot, where we take a peek at how players performed when the game was on the line. Here’s how it works.
For each player, I’ll dump a bunch of stats about what happened he was on the ice– possession, scoring, and deployment– during the last week. I’ll highlight in “powderpuff pink” (I didn’t name it) the stuff that jumps out at me, and then I’ll discuss them below.
If this were last season, I’d also be a cranky jerk and you guys would have to cheer me up in the comments. As you’ll see below, that is no longer the case. The Capitals are pretty damn good again. They’re 3-0-2 with positive possession, a deep defense, and a top line that should terrify the rest of the league. This is going to be fun.
If you need a refresher on these statistics, I made a video that might be helpful.
Usually I put a song in here to sum up the mood of the week, so here’s “Good Things” by Rival Schools.
Because, yeah, good things really are coming our way.
Now, finally, let’s do the numbers. These are current as of noon on Sunday, October 19th. The sample of the data is restricted to 5v5 hockey when the score is close. That means the score is within one goal in the first two periods and tied in the third. There’s a glossary at bottom.
Road trip next week through the bad parts of Canada. By rights the Caps should have six standings points and look like superhumans by this time next week. Let’s enjoy it.
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