After starting the year slow, Washington Capitals defenders have been scoring goals at a higher clip recently. Dmitry Orlov tallied two goals on January 23 against the Hurricanes, and John Carlson scored twice against the Lightning a month earlier. In the month of January, Capitals defensemen scored ten goals total.
That’s why I was shocked when I heard this next stat. While doing some research on San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, Sportsnet’s Dimitri Filipovic came up with this amazing graph.
Graph by @DimFilipovic
In total, Burns has outscored the entire defensive corps of 13 NHL teams and is tied with two others, the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils.
Brent Burns has more goals (22) than the entire Caps defense combined (18).
What a time to be alive.
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