Travis Boyd Getting the Job Done For the Capitals in Relatively Unstable Role

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Heading into to this season, the Capitals had somewhat of a logjam on their fourth-line with a number of players vying for regular playing time. Over the course of the season, the team has often rotated several players on the line on a nightly basis, making cumulative productivity on the season somewhat difficult for many. Travis Boyd, however, is proving himself capable of being an impact player for the Capitals when he has his name called.

At first glance, Boyd’s 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in 42 games played (and average nightly ice time of 10:10) may not seem overly impressive, but when one looks at the underlying numbers, Boyd’s overall numbers are quite something. Boyd’s assist in the Capitals’ 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night was his third straight game in which he recorded a point (all three, assists) and his fourth point in his last six games played. But Boyd’s underlying numbers are what truly shows how effective he has been in the playing time he’s received this season.

Boyd ranks 14th on the Capitals with 17 total 5-on-5 points, and eighth on the team with eight primary assists at 5-on-5. Boyd has scored an average of 0.625 goals per 60 minutes of even-strength play (9:08 minutes at even-strength) and his 2.657 average points per 60 minutes of even-strength ice time are a remarkable total considering how relatively low his ice time has been this season in limited appearances for Head Coach Todd Reirden. With one season left on his current deal, Boyd has another season to try and establish himself as a full-time player for the Caps. With his current performance, however, he may just force his way into such a position by the end of this season and into the playoffs.

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 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, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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1 Response to Travis Boyd Getting the Job Done For the Capitals in Relatively Unstable Role

  1. Anonymous says:

    I thought the problem for him was slow skating and only played C

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