After a dominant December, the Washington Capitals have lost three games in a row. That stinks, but it’s not all doom and gloom. This afternoon the Caps will meet the Detroit Red Wings, third from last in the eastern conference. If the Caps can right the ship, it’ll happen today.
Puck drop is at 5 PM. The game’s on NBCSWA, but enterprising folks can stream the action using cutting-edge, space-age technology. Recap services will be furnished by our own brilliant Julia. Let’s get a W.
|Shot Attempt %||46.3%||49.3%|
|Power Play||17.4% (21st)||22.1% (10th)|
|Penalty Kill||77.6% (23rd)||76.8% (26th)|
The Caps did some line switching last game and traveled yesterday. I don’t know what the lines will be, aside from Holtby in net, so in lieu of that I now offer you this photo of a baby Tamarin and its mom.
You are welcome.
The Caps haven’t drawn penalties well this season. They’ve had two or fewer PP opportunities in 14 of their 40 games, but — still — we all know the problem is what happens once they get on the power play. Right now it’s bad.
Over the last 10 games, the Caps have converted 6.9 percent of their power plays, which is not very nice at all. I suspect it’s mostly really bad luck, but the Caps are making some curious decisions about shot selection as well. They’re shooting a ton — especially recently — but it looks to me like more shots are coming from Backstrom and Kuznetsov’s half-wall area, rather than the slot.
via @HockeyViz, WSH PP1 last year and this year. Kuznetsov is shooting more, but from worse locations — including a lot more near the half wall. Volume is up overall. It's mostly percentages IMO. Stay the course. pic.twitter.com/wsuoTAYZsu
— Good Tweet Pete 🌮 (@peterhassett) January 5, 2019
It’ll work out.
Morning moods. Heading to Detroit to watch some hockey with a couple guys by the names of Mike Knuble and Kelly Miller. pic.twitter.com/rfa96ZrLGQ
— Knuble’s Knights Remix 📢 🚨 📢 🚨 (@tjyoshie77) January 6, 2019
Last summer, at the cigar and bourbon charity auction, I had the distinct privilege of watching Ryan and Nathan win the prize to watch today’s game with Mike Knuble. I’m jealous but excited to follow along. I hope you’ll join me.
Headline photo: Patrick McDermott
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