RIP points streak. Last night, the Capitals’ 14-game point streak came to an end in the dreariest of ways: a three-nothing loss to the Ottawa Senators. The Caps couldn’t have let this one get away much faster, ceding both a shorthanded goal and a power play goal against before you could say “back-to-back.”
This was only the third time the Caps have been shut out this season, with all three shutout losses ending with a score of three to nil. Besides a nice tribute to Bryan Murray (and a gift from the Caps), this was a game to forget.
The Capitals have spent the equivalent of 15 full games worth of ice time leading more than the Avalanche have this year. That’s bananas. pic.twitter.com/1GZwJCGMFq
— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) January 24, 2017
Justin Williams had a strong night. He spent much of his time against Ottawa’s best players and generally saw play tilt in favor of the Caps. When on the ice with Matt Niskanen and Karl Alzner he was especially effective, seeing a plus-seven shot attempt differential when playing with Niskanen.
A newer statistic is “expected goals.” Read about it in depth here. In short, it takes shot quality into account to give a sense of how many goals a team should expect to score based on the chances they create.
The Capitals’ rolling ten-game expected goal differential has more-or-less mirrored their overall play. A decent start, followed by mediocrity, leading to a big peak. Now they are on a downswing, and although the differential is still positive they will need to level off and keep playing “dangerous.”
All stats courtesy of NaturalStatTrick, Corsica and Hockey-Reference.
Headline photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images.
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