Caps vs. Senators #fancystats (and beyond) Recap

The Caps beat the Senators, 2-1. The Caps edged out Ottawa 46-45 in even strength shot attempts.

Even strength shot attempt chart:

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-Brooks Orpik led the Caps with a +9 on-ice even strength shot attempt differential. This is not a joke.

-Jack Hillen (playing for possession monster Nate Schmidt) and Nick Backstrom had the worst shot attempt differential at -11

-Orpik was on the ice for the most Caps shot attempts (26)

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

-John Carlson led the Caps in individual shot attempts with 10

-Orpik had 5 individual shot attempts tonight. A quick glance shows he’s gone entire seasons without having 5 shot attempts in a game (2007 & 2011). This is the third time he’s had 5+ in a Caps uniform.

Edit: My quick glance was way too quick. This is wrong. Thanks to JP for the fix.

-Nate Schmidt, possession monster, update: NATE SCHMIDT DIDN’T PLAY. YOLO, Barry Trotz. YOLO.

Non-fancy stuff

-Braden Holtby was pretty okay tonight, especially in the first period.

-A word on Mike Green and Ottawa’s first goal:

-Tom Wilson spent time on the fourth line while Jay Beagle spent time on the first. Trotz’s interesting handling of young players continues.

All stats from and War on Ice

About Pat Holden

Pat writes regularly about hockey on Brooks Laichyear and Russian Machine Never Breaks. His work has also appeared on and The Washington Post. You can follow him on Twitter at

Posted on December 22, 2014, in #fancystats recap. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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