Caps at Lightning #fancystats (and beyond) Recap

The Caps beat the Lightning, 5-3. The Caps and Lightning tied in the 5-on-5 shot attempt battle, 49-49.

5-on-5 shot attempt chart:

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-Nick Backstromled the Caps with a +10 on-ice shot attempt differential

-Michael Latta had the worst shot attempt differential at -14

-Backstrom and John Carlson were on the ice for the most Caps shot attempts (21)

-Brooks Orpik was on the ice for the most shot attempts against (21)

-Latta and Jason Chimera faced the toughest zone starts, starting  0% of shifts in the offensive zone

-Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson faced the easiest zone starts, starting 100% of shifts in the offensive zone

-Nate Schmidt, possession monster, update: 80% ZS% +2 in shot attempts

NON-FANCY THOUGHTS

-Braden Holtby was great tonight, particularly the last 5 minutes of the first and the first five minutes of the third. The Caps did not play well after going up 2-1 and they did not play well with a lead for the first five minutes of the third. But then, after the first five of the third, they started playing alright hockey. Soon after, Troy Brouwer iced the game. Playing alright hockey with a lead is something we need to see more of.

-This third line is really good. While there may be ways to better optimize the lineup as a whole, more of this (for now) please.

-Related to the last comment: A healthy Brooks Laich does wonders for this team, at 5v5 and the PK. He had approximately 17,942 pokechecks on the PK tonight.

About Pat Holden

Pat writes regularly about hockey on Brooks Laichyear and Russian Machine Never Breaks. His work has also appeared on ESPN.com and The Washington Post. You can follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/pfholden

Posted on December 9, 2014, in #fancystats recap. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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