Three Caps Numbers: Episode Three

Editor’s Note: This is a new column in which we will look at 3 Caps-related numbers or stats with a brief commentary on each number. As always, if you have questions or feedback, feel free to let us know in the comment or on Twitter. Thanks for reading.

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The improvement in 5-on-5 shot attempts that the Caps see when Michael Latta is on the ice vs. when he’s off the ice, which is second best on the team. He also has the toughest zone starts of any Caps forward, starting just 43% of his shifts in the offensive zone. So, he is the Caps second best possession forward while handling the toughest zone starts, yet he was a healthy scratch against Arizona. Got it.



This is the percentage of shifts Brooks Orpik has started in the offensive zone since November 1st. It’s a small sample size, but this is the second highest % of offensive zone starts among Caps D in that time. So, either it’s an aberration or the Caps are sheltering Orpik’s minutes more than they were at the start of the season. He has, however, faced the toughest competition of any Caps defenseman during that span.


The Caps shooting% when Tom Wilson is on the ice so far this season. While his possession numbers haven’t been great since joining the first line, a little more luck could cause a rise in production for the Caps second-year forward.

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