Checking the Schedule: Analyzing the Capitals’ Remaining Games

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While it may be hard to believe, after the Capitals’ 5-2 outdoor win on Saturday night, they have just 17 games left to play in the 2017-18 regular season. In this piece, NoVa Caps analyzes the Capitals’ remaining games and what to expect for the team going forward.

Below is a chart of the Capitals’ 17 remaining games of the season, which encompasses the remainder of the month of March and into the first week of April.

Month /Date Opponent Home/Away Opp. Win % Opp. Record
MARCH
3/6/2018 Anaheim Ducks Away 0.585 32-21-12
3/8/2018 Los Angeles Kings Away 0.583 36-25-5
3/10/2018 San Jose Sharks Away 0.608 35-21-9
3/12/2018 Winnipeg Jets Home 0.664 38-17-9
3/15/2018 New York Islanders Away 0.500 29-29-8
3/16/2018 New York Islanders Home 0.500 29-29-8
3/18/2018 Philadelphia Flyers Away 0.608 34-20-11
3/20/2018 Dallas Stars Home 0.608 37-23-5
3/22/2018 Detrot Red Wings Away 0.484 26-28-10
3/24/2018 Montreal Canadiens Away 0.469 25-29-11
3/26/2018 New York Rangers Away 0.500 30-30-6
3/28/2018 New York Rangers Home 0.500 30-30-6
3/30/2018 Carolina Hurricanes Home 0.531 29-25-11
APRIL
4/1/2018 Pittsburgh Penguins Away 0.591 37-25-4
4/2/2018 St. Louis Blues Away 0.568 35-26-5
4/5/2018 Nashville Predators Home 0.711 41-14-9
4/7/2018 New Jersey Devils Home 0.569 33-24-8

Of the Capitals’ remaining 17 games, 10 of them (58%) will be played on the road, including seven of the first 10. With the Philadelphia Flyers (one of the team’s upcoming opponents) just two points behind them in the standings (as of March 4), it will be imperative the Capitals play well in other teams’ barns. The 17 games will also feature two home-and-home sets with the New York Islanders on March 15 and 16, and the New York Rangers on March 26 and 28.

Of the Capitals’ 15 different opponents in the 17 games, 13 of them have win percentages of .500 or better, including four with win percentages of .600 and one (the Nashville Predators) with a .700 win percentage. The Capitals will finish their season at home in the final two games of the season against the Predators and New Jersey Devils. Of their 15 different opponents, six of them are Metropolitan Division rivals, while seven of them are Western Conference teams.

As one can see, the Capitals have quite a tough road ahead of them to finish out what, at times, has been a nail-biting season after the losses of a number of key players over the summer. The Capitals currently sit at first in the Metropolitan Division and are two points ahead of the second-place Flyers with 81 points in 65 games played. If the team can end the season having won more than half of their upcoming 17 games, they should be in good standing heading into the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. With team captain Alex Ovechkin leading the way, along with additions to the defensive corps by General Manager Brian MacLellan, the Capitals should be able to finish the 2017-18 season strongly.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first and only Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography and reading in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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3 Responses to Checking the Schedule: Analyzing the Capitals’ Remaining Games

  1. DayOne Caps Fanatic says:

    #6 has been an IMMENSE improvement on the Caps’ defense. Kempny’s arrival has allowed for MUCH better overall D pairings. It’s SO NOTICEABLE how much cleaner and more composed the Caps D-corps has been since #6’s arrival. Caps were Team Turnover before … much better now. Can they keep it up?

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