It’s been five long days since the Caps last suited up for NHL action. This afternoon, a refreshed Washington squad faces the St. Louis Blues, who are battling for the Central division lead, kinda sorta. This game will be number 42 in the books, so we’re officially in the back half now.
3 PM on NBCSWA. I’m Peter, and I’ll be recapping the stuff and things for you.
|Shot Attempt %||51.5%||48.6%|
Some dudes are back. Here’s the lines from yesterday, by way of Tom Gulitti.
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Oshie
Vrana – Kuznetsov – Wilson
Connolly -Eller – DSP
Burakovsky – Beagle – Chiasson
Orlov – Niskanen
Djoos – Carlson
Orpik – Bowey
I try to do a freeform analytical study every day on my lunch break just to keep my brain fresh. On Friday I looked at how on-ice shot-attempt percentage has changed from last season to now. The top three drops includes two Capitals. Brooks Orpik dropped 9.8 points, Vegas defender Brayden McNabb dropped 7.8, and Evgeny Kuznetsov dropped 7.8. (Weird: all three have some connection to Nate Schmidt.)
The three biggest improvements were Dmitry Kulikov, who jumped from Buffalo to Winnipeg and gained 8.4 points; Josh Anderson, whose has also seen a major promotion in ice time and linemates in Lumbus; and Derek Ryan in Carolina, who seems to be riding the possession wave in Raleigh.
Trotz said Holtby is starting and D Matt Niskanen is good to go. On Andre Burakovsky getting back in, he said, "possibly."
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