It’s FRIDAY FRIDAY GOTTA GET DOWN ON FRIDAY, I can never get enough of that song. Oh well ONWARDS AND UPWARDS, FRIDAY’S FIVE AFTER THE JUMP
On a more serious note today is the first week on our new “Friday’s Five” segment. Five things that I noticed this week during the Capitals games. They are in no specific order due to the fact that my brain isn’t organized very well (I haven’t taken my ADHD Med for weeks (Not my best idea) but hey it’ll be ok). I could have just type that out without parenthesis.
1. The 3rd D-pair is well atrocious
Atrocious is putting it lightly, according to ShiftChart.com a majority of the shifts taken by John Erskine and Connor Carrick were against the Malkin line. A tough challenge for a top D pair, Carrick and Erskine’s Corsi% in the Penguin game was 31.6% and 30.0% repectively, according to ExtraSkater.com, a recipe for disaster. In the three games since last Friday, Carrick has had two Corsi% in the 30’s and one in the 60’s. For Erskine it’s a similar story, one in the 20’s, one in the 50’s and one in the 30’s. The third D pair needs to be better.
2. Although the advanced stats are better the results aren’t coming
All the stats are on upward trends, showing signs that the results should be coming, its just a matter of when
3. Upcoming Schedule is beatable
In the next seven games the Capitals play @Columbus Blue Jackets (22-22-4) @New York Rangers (25-21-3) Vs. Ottawa Senators (21-18-9) @New Jersey Devils (20-18-11) @Montreal Canadiens (27-16-5) @Buffalo Sabres and lastly again @Columbus. If they can sneak away with a 5-2 or 4-2-1 record in those game, which is doable, they could still be in great shape.
4. Alex Ovechkin
Boy is he HOT
5. We are closer to solving our 3 goalie problem then the beginning
Oates has already stated that he plans to use all three in the near future but the future looks bleak for Holtby. It has been romoured that he is taking anger management and has fallen out of favour with Oates.
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