Caps vs. Sabres #fancystats recap

The Caps lost to the FREAKING SABRES, 2-1. The Caps the 5-on-5 shot attempt battle, 67-39, which is really good. They essentially got Halak’d tonight. Seriously, look at the shot attempt chart.

5-on-5 shot attempt chart:


 -If that isn’t enough #suck for you, the very fancy Mike Green got hurt tonight and didn’t return.

-Tom Wilson led the Caps with a FREAKING +26 on-ice shot attempt differential

-Jason Chimera and Joel Ward had the worst shot attempt differential at -3, somehow managing to lose the shot-attempt battle when they were on the ice. Impressive.

-Tom Wilson was on the ice for the most Caps shot attempts (34).

-John Carlson was on the ice for the most shot attempts against (18). But he was a +15 for the game.

-Ward and Chimera faced the toughest zone starts, starting just 27.77% of shifts in the offensive zone, which can partially explain their shot attempt differential. Bot come on, it’s the FREAKING SABRES.

-Wilson and Alex Ovechkin faced the easiest zone starts, starting 84.62% of shifts in the offensive zone

-Nate Schmidt, possession monster, update: Started 61,54 of shifts in the offensive zone, an even 0 in on-ice shot attempts

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Posted on November 22, 2014, in #fancystats recap, Washington Capitals and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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