The Caps lost a disappointing game to the Devils a couple nights ago, but the chance for revenge is here already.
Today at 1 PM in New Jersey, the Washington Capitals will end the year 2016 by literally fighting Satan. Feels appropriate.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|New Jersey Devils||14-15-7||47.0%||98.4||15.1%||82.6%|
According to Isabelle of WaPo, here’s how they lined up yesterday:
Ovechkin – Backstrom– Oshie
Johansson – Kuznetsov – Williams
Connolly – Eller – Burakovsky
Winnik – Beagle – Wilson
Alzner – Carlson
Orlov – Niskanen
Orpik – Schmidt
That was a fluke, guys. The team that dominates as much as Washington did wins that game like that 9 times out of 10, unless the goalie is white-hot.
Expected win percentage was about 93 percent.
This head-to-head chart comes from the great Muneeb Alam.
Aside from Beagle, Wilson, and Winnik, this was a smackdown. Look at Burakovsky’s numbers against the second line. Look at Schmidt and Orpik versus Jersey’s bottom nine and bottom pair. If the Caps can muster the same performance or better, they’ll win in a walk today.
Frankly, friends, this year kicked my ass. “Change” is one thing, but what I experienced would be better termed “tumult.” And yet, I’m strangely plucky as I look to the horizon. Here’s why:
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