The Caps are now 10 games into the season, which means we can start to put our guard down about sample sizes. But don’t put your guard down regarding the roller coaster of emotions that is an 82-game season. There will be ups and downs so, as the team embarks on this long road, it’s best to try to keep an even keel.
Even with an opening ten games that went really well, there have been ups and downs for the Caps. There was that awful, Ovechkin-less game against the Sharks, but then a marvelous trip out to western Canada. A disappointing loss to the Penguins was followed by a nice win over the Blue Jackets. So again, keep your eyes focused upon the bigger picture as we follow our team down this long, 82-game road.
An even keel and the bigger picture are also important to keep in mind when reading this snapshot or other analysis of this team. A noted grievance here or a concerned tweet there shouldn’t be taken as an indictment of any one player or coach. The fact is — this team is really good. But that doesn’t mean we should stop thinking critically about ways it could be improved.
Let’s take the long road, which we’re on cheering for a very good hockey team that has a very good coach. Keep this context in mind with these snapshots, or anything written here about the team. The purpose here isn’t to merely be a cheerleader for a team that is in great shape at the moment, but also to examine what can be done to help maximize the odds that this long road stretches into June.
Your feedback has been heard. While some prefer raw shot attempt numbers and others prefer relative numbers, having them both is probably the most informative approach. Goals-for numbers are only raw, not relative. I reserve the right to change my mind on that at any point. Zone starts are gone because, while they can provide a caveat, they aren’t as important as you may think.
Stats from War on Ice
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