After a relatively surprising call-up yesterday, Martin Fehérváry entered the Caps lineup, purely for evaluation purposes. The match-up against the rebuilding Los Angeles Kings seemed to make the most sense, as Fehérváry subbed for Jonas Siegenthaler on the third pairing with Radko Gudas.
Overall, Fehérváry faired pretty well. He looked calm and composed on the back-end, and even moved up to the second pairing with Dmitry Orlov, where he skated 9:28 at 5 on 5 play.
Fehérváry didn’t look out of place or out of his element. He was tested on an odd-man rush against in the first period, and positioned himself effectively, resulting in a high danger scoring chance against that did not end up in the back of the Capitals’ net.
Overall, it’s hard to really evaluate Fehérváry’s overall possession performance because the Kings dominated the Caps in possession metrics and shots for. All things considered, Fehérváry tied with Eller for eighth on the Caps for Corsi For percentage.
He slotted in on the second pairing with Orlov after a sub-par performance from Nick Jensen, who skated a team low for defensemen of 10:37 during 5 on 5 play.
Comparatively, Jensen’s Corsi For percentage was 16.67 compared to Fehérváry’s 40.74. Jensen was essentially benched after he was thoroughly walked by LA’s Sean Walker in the first period. Luckily, Braden Holtby was able to make a good save and prevent a high danger chance from ending up in the back of the net.
Let’s take a look at Fehérváry’s statistical performance:
Ultimately, Fehérváry was returned to the Hershey Bears this morning. We’ll see if Fehérváry gets another shot at the NHL level later this season.
By Justin Trudel