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The Washington Capitals have been the cream of the crop when it comes to filling the net this season, as their 87 goals lead the NHL. While they’ve had no problem scoring, four players — one forward and three defensemen — have yet to tally a goal through nearly 30% of the season. NoVa Caps takes a deeper look at the four players who have not scored a goal this season.
The 31-year-old forward recorded five assists in 17 games before suffering a lower-body injury and missing the past seven games. Since he was placed on long-term injured reserve, Hagelin will not get on the scoresheet again until November 30 at the soonest.
While averaging 13:23 of ice-time per game — including 2:44 on the penalty kill (the most among Capitals’ forwards), Hagelin’s 1.1 takeaways per game are tied with forward T.J. Oshie for sixth-best on the team while he has only given away the puck seven times. He has 27 shots on goal this season.
Hagelin has created 19 scoring chances, including seven in the high-danger area. While he is not a center, he has done his fair share at the dot, winning four of the eight faceoffs that he has taken this season. The Capitals have a Corsi-for percentage (shots + blocks + misses for vs. against) of 43.28% when Hagelin is on the ice.
As shown below, Hagelin has done fairly well at getting to the greasy areas around the net. The Capitals also allow more shots on the penalty kill when he is on the ice than when he isn’t.
Career Average: 10.33 goals-per-season
The 29-year old defenseman has recorded five assists and a +9 rating, which is currently second on the Capitals behind defenseman John Carlson (+15), in 24 games during his first season in Washington. He has thrown plenty of rubber towards the net, earning 32 shots on goal.
While averaging 17:32 of ice time per game, including 2:46 on the penalty kill (second on the Capitals behind defenseman Jonas Seigenthaler), Gudas’ 68 hits are 19 behind forward Tom Wilson for the team lead while his 37 blocked shots are the third-most on the Capitals. He has just six takeaways and 14 giveaways but he has drawn four penalties this season.
37 of his shot attempts have been blocked while he has taken the same number of hits.
He has generated six scoring chances but none in the high-danger area. The Capitals have a Corsi-for percentage of 50.6% when Gudas is on the ice but have been outscored 25-24. They have been out-chanced 215-158 with Gudas on the ice, including 89-64 in the high-danger area.
Career Average: Three goals-per-season
The 29-year-old has posted just two assists, one of which came on the power-play, and a team-worst -8 rating in 24 games this season and has not gotten on the scoresheet in his last 16. His 21 shots on goal would be tied for the second-lowest among Capitals defensemen had Michal Kempny played all 24 games to begin the season.
While playing an average of 17:28 worth of ice-time per game, including 2:26 on the penalty-kill (the fifth-highest on the Capitals), Jensen’s 22 hits are the seventh-most on the club while his 25 blocked shots are sixth. His 13 giveaways are the ninth-most while his eight takeaways are tied for 10th.
Jensen has created 15 scoring chances, including five in the high-danger area. He has not done such a great job getting his shots through as 25 of his shot attempts have been blocked. He has also been a target of the opposition often as he has taken 39 hits.
The Capitals’ 44.04% Corsi-for percentage when Jensen is on the ice is a career-low for him. They have been outshot 228-173 and outscored 21-12 with him on the ice. The Capitals have been out-chanced 187-156 when Jensen is on the ice, including 79-61 in the high-danger area.
Career Average: 1.5 goals-per-season
The 24-year old has played just six games this season and one since October 16. He recorded a -2 rating, 17 penalty minutes, and two shots on goal during his time with the NHL club. In addition, he is scoreless and has an even rating in two games with the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
While playing just 10:10 worth of ice time per game, including 23 seconds on the penalty kill, Lewington recorded 13 hits (average of 2.2 per game is fifth on the Capitals), seven blocked shots, one takeaway, and three takeaways.
Lewington created two scoring opportunities but none in the high-danger area while he was in Washington. He also took six hits.
The Capitals recorded a 45.63% Corsi-for percentage with Lewington on the ice, were outshot 25-17, and outscored 3-1. They were out-chanced 17-15 with Lewington playing, including 7-4 in the high-danger area.
While these four haven’t gotten on the scoresheet yet, they are still contributing in other ways, especially defensively. If they keep playing well and getting chances, they will find the net eventually. How long until it comes? Only time will tell.
Career Average: One goal-per-season
By Harrison Brown