Caps vs. Penguins #fancystats (and beyond) recap
The Caps slayed the Penguins 4-0, thus ending a four-game losing streak. Caps goals were scored by Alex Ovechkin (28), Eric Fehr (15), and Mike Green (5). The Penguins had the better of even-strength shot attempts, 52-45.
-Niskanen led the Caps with a +4 on-ice shot attempt differential
-Orpik had the worst shot attempt differential at -9
-Niskanen was on the ice for the most Caps shot attempts (20)
-Carlson was on the ice for the most shot attempts against (25)
-Niskanen and Karl Alzner faced the easiest zone starts, starting 50% of shifts in the offensive zone
-Jack Hillen, Green, and Michael Latta faced the toughest zone starts, starting just 25% of shifts in the offensive zone
-Nate Schmidt, possession monster, update: We’ll get back to you in a few weeks. Get well, Nate!
-What else makes this win significant? It was the second game of a back-to-back. The Caps have struggled mightily in these situations, but tonight was the exception–and hopefully the beginning of a new rule. (This does not, and should not include, Jay Beagle spending time on the first line in favor of Andre Burakovsky.)
-Some people are calling this game the Caps’ best of the season. Do with that information what you will.
-What’s up with Sidney Crosby? He definitely didn’t look like himself tonight, and the playing-through-injury theory seems plausible.
-No one likes Tim Peel. This was evidenced by Ovechkin’s tragic excuse for a penalty–a holding call on Christian Ehrhoff. As we all know, Caps-Penguins games can get chippy, but the Caps’ PK weathered a storm of penalties tonight.
Thanks to hockeystats.ca for the stats.