Capitals at Blue Jackets – Inside The Numbers: Solid From Start To Finish

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This game was #ALLCAPS. After scoring three goals in the opening frame, the Caps locked it down for the remainder of the game and added a goal from Travis Boyd for the 4-0 win. No cannons were fired in this game. The Capitals return to action Tuesday when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7PM. 

The Capitals stormed out to a 3-0 lead after the first 20 minutes, and added a goal from Travis Boyd for the 4-0 shutout win. Add a stellar Braden Holtby to the pot and you have a pretty good recipe for success.

Our complete game recap can be found here. The NHL box score can be found here. Stats provided by Natural Stat Trick are here.

Tom Wilson missed a second-straight game due to the concussion he suffered against the Knights on December 4th. T.J. Oshie missed his 11th-straight game due to the upper body injury (concussion) he suffered in Winnipeg on November 14. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Riley Barber, who was recalled by the Capitals on Friday, and Christian Djoos were the healthy scratches.

The Capitals dominated the first period, with goals from Brett Connolly, Dmitrij Jaskin and Alex Ovechkin, to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermisssion. After a scoreless middle frame, Travis Boyd would score his first career NHL goal for the 4-0 win.

The Caps out-attempted the Jackets 18-12 and led in shots on goal (SOG) 13-9 in the opening frame. The Blue Jacket out-attempted (CF) the Capitals 14-12 in the second period, with SOG tied 8-8 for the middle frame. The Capitals out-attempted the Jackets 15-12 in the final frame, with the Jackets leading in SOG 11-7 for the final frame.



Braden Holtby was excellent, again. Holts stopped all 28 shots he faced. Sergei Bobrovsky was replaced by J. Korpisalo to start the second period. Bobrovsky stopped 10 of 13 shots he faced for a .769 save percentage. Korpisalo stopped 14 of 15 Shots he faced for a .933 save percentage.

The Capitals were 0 for 3 and the Blue Jackets were 0 for 4 on the power play. Same story. The Capitals penalty kill is starting to come around, but the power play continues to struggle.

The Capitals lost the faceoff battle once again, 56-44%. Alex Ovechkin was 0 for 1, Brett Connolly was 0 for 1, Chandler Stephenson was 2 for 4, Nicklas Backstrom was 6 for 17, Lars Eller was 4 for 8, Devante Smith-Pelly was 1 for 2, Nic Dowd was 3 for 8, Tracis Boyd was 2 for 5 and Evgeny Kuznetsov was 9 for 15.


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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