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numbers for the next morning

numbers for the next morning

The Washington Capitals are playing a bunch of good teams at exactly the wrong time. That was on display against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night when the Caps fell 5-2 to Sunrise.

The bleeding will need to be stopped quickly as it is burning a scary hole in the standings right now.

numbers for the next morning

  • The meaning behind the title of this morning’s numbers post is twofold. First, as Peter has mentioned several times, this is a float period for the Caps. They are playing a lot of good teams at precisely the worst time in terms of club health. So things are likely to continue to get worse until… hopefully they get better. This also seems to be the theme of his performances in recent games. They need to get hit in the mouth like the first period in Tampa Bay and the first period of this game (18-8 advantage in scoring opportunities for FLA) to wake up and fight. I’m not trying to portray it as a good thing either. it is not
  • Things aren’t going to cool down in terms of competition for the Caps in the next five scheduled games either. First, they will face a Blue team that has won three in a row and then return home for a date with the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche. Next, they have a must-win against the Philadelphia Flyers before two more against a Flames team that has found its groove lately and the New Jersey Devils, who are the hottest team on the planet. The Caps are already five points behind Carolina for third place in the Metro.
  • Mike Vogel wrote a very interesting piece before the match before this one. In it, he shares that the team is on pace for its first sub-.500 November since 2014-15 and the first time it has finished below “NHL .500” (re: shootout/overtime wins ) in November since 2011. -12 when they went 5-8-1. That 2011 spell ended up getting Bruce Boudreau canned and replaced by Dale Hunter.
  • Now I’ll move on to some more specific things about this game. At some point, a line I know Ian has wanted to see this season Alex Ovechkin, Yevgeny Kuznetsovi Aliaksei Protas was united They immediately started to get things going for the Caps by being on the ice five-on-five for a plus-six shot attempt differential. At least it’s enough to make me want to see a little more of it.
  • The power play is 0-for-21 over the last four games. I do not know. I’m kind of tired of talking about it when the Caps seem to go through these long, giant stretches of ineptitude with a man advantage every few weeks at this point. The only thing that has been done to try to change that is the personnel based on the players on the ice and where they set up. I’m not sure that’s enough.
  • Let’s end on a fun note. 2020 first round pick Hendrix Lapierre leads the Hershey Bears in scoring. Their first pick in the 2021 draft, Vincent Iorio is playing great hockey with his good friend Hendrix in Hershey and is a plus-7 in his pro rookie campaign. Finally, the 2022 first round pick Ivan Miroshnichenko brand at will at MHL after returning from treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Numbers thanks to Hockey-reference.com i NaturalStatTrick.com.





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