The Washington Capitals are back in Florida, having accrued precisely zero wins since they last left that blighted state. That might sound catastrophic, but all it means is that the series is tied 2-2. With the puck dropping at 7:15 PM on NBC, the winner of Game Five will take a crucial series lead. The loser will risk elimination next week at Capital One Arena.
So please win.
Peter here, I’ll be your host tonight. Let’s do the thing.
The final regular season stats:
|Shot Attempt %||52.3%||48.3%|
Here’s how they looked at Amalie Arena this morning:
Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Wilson
Stephenson – Backstrom – Oshie
Vrana – Eller – Connolly
DSP – Beagle – Chiasson
Kempny – Carlson
Orlov – Niskanen
Orpik – Djoos
On this day in 1992, Eugene Smith was born in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Since then, he has scored 80 goals (and 21 more in the postseason),
Have a great day, Kuzy. I’m sorry you have to share today with the wedding and the horses.
There is no way that Tampa's PK has "solved" Ovechkin. pic.twitter.com/w44ypC8w2K
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Lars Eller has received and deserved a lot of criticism for his penalty issues lately, but he hasn’t been the worst at it in this postseason.
The only Caps forwards with a positive differential are Jakub Vrana (plus-3) and Andre Burakovsky (plus-1). Everyone to the right of Jay Beagle have taken at least two more penalties than they’ve drawn. TJ Oshie and Chandler Stephenson have been particularly brutal with minus-3 ratings, and no Caps forward puts his team shorthanded with more frequency than Alex Chiasson (once per hour).
It’s a busy day with lots of things going on. I hope you all stay safe, healthy, dry, uncolonized, and not on fire. Let’s meet back here at sundown for some fun hockey.
Headline photo: Patrick Smith
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