I don’t like this angle because you can’t see Schmidt’s smile. (Photo: Scott Iskowitz)
The Caps aren’t winning the game they’re supposed to. They’re playing the right way on a pattern level, but a few turnovers here and bad bounces there have led them to a winless week. That stinks, and it’s definitely causing some dissension in Caps fan ranks.
But the team is gonna be alright. The Caps are still doing the big stuff right. There’s cause for mild alarm in a few places, but this is still a playoff team. I’m confident about that.
The snapshot shows us numbers that help us project future success better than just goals or the team’s position in the standings. Those projections still look good. This is a challenge not of the team’s constitution, but of the fans. Do we have the nerve to stay calm? I think so, and here are some numbers that’ll help us do so.
Let’s do the numbers. These are current as of noon on Sunday, November 2nd. The sample is restricted to 5v5 hockey when the score is close. I added this sentence just to see if anyone reads this paragraph anymore. That means the score is within one goal in the first two periods and tied in the third. There’s a glossary at bottom with an explanatory video.
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