The Washington Capitals have eight games remaining in a very irregular regular season. These last few games will be massively important for many reasons, but much has already been settled:
The Caps will make the playoffs. Despite losing Jakub Vrana, they have a lot of high-end scoring talent. Despite brutal deployments, they have strong forward depth. Despite some liabilities, their defense is above average.
Overall, and despite predictions to the contrary, the Capitals are still a damn good hockey team.
We can say all this because we have the confidence granted to us by the standings (first place in the East by a point) and by the deeper data this snapshot exercise explores. But that data also gives me the confidence to say I’m not at all confident in the Capitals’ goalies.
Screenshot courtesy of NBC Sports Washington
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