Saturday night The Capitals were back home to play the Florida Panthers before they head out on a road trip that tours western Canada. The team won’t take a victory with them, as they fell 4-1 to the Panthers in a penalty-ridden display.
The Capitals out-attempted the Panthers 56 to 28 at five-on-five and outshot them 42 to 23. The Capitals’ 42 shots on goal set a new season high. You can dominate all the shot metrics you want, but if you take eleventy billion penalties in the first two periods, you’re not going to win many games.
I was particularly impressed with young defenseman Christian Djoos. Djoos scored his second goal of the season, which currently has him tied for the NHL lead among rookie defensemen. He played 11:41 at five-on-five, in which he had a plus-12 shot attempt differential. Going back to his debut game against the Pens, Djoos became the first defenseman in franchise history to record two points in a debut game. As the games go on, you can definitely see confidence in his ability growing.
Photo: Patrick McDermott
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