The Washington Capitals are two and a half years removed from being one of the best defensive teams in the NHL. A lot has changed between then and now, including, ya know, a Stanley Cup Championship. To win their Cup Washington had to overcome a bunch of defensive problems, which now appear resurgent. If they wish to truly go back-to-back, the Caps will have to solve those problems all over again.
But whether defensive problems are actually the same thing as problems with defensemen is another matter altogether.
As of January 5
|Opp Shot Attempts / 60||With Kuznetsov||Without Kuznetsov||Change|
|Opp Scoring Chances / 60||With Kuznetsov||Without Kuznetsov||Change|
|Opp High-Danger Chances / 60||With Kuznetsov||Without Kuznetsov||Change|
Author’s Note: This article should have been delivered twenty games ago along with the rest of the Twenty Games In series. I ran into some health problems after Thanksgiving that kept from me from doing the deep dive warranted at the time. I’m sorry for the delay, and I thank you for your patience.
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