With the 2021-22 season now in the rear view mirrors for the Washington Capitals, it’s time to begin assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the team, and where changes are needed. The first step is to take a “big picture” look at how the team fared with regards to the league.
This post presents the final league rankings for key statistics and metrics for the Capitals in 2021-22 regular season.
The Capitals unsurprisingly finished in the middle of the pack in a number of key statistics, including wins (16th), points (13th), goals against (13th) and shots for (14th). On the flip side, the Capitals did well in shots against (6th) and net penalties (3rd).
The Capitals finished among the league’s worst in faceoffs and were average in the turnovers, hits and blocked shots categories.
The next table presents the results for key advanced metrics and their relative league rankings after 82 games.
Again, most of the rankings fall in the middle of the pack. The Capitals once again had one of the league’s best shooting percentages, but dipped this season in the high-danger area.
We will take a deeper assessment of most of these key metrics in the coming days, and look at what that might mean with regards to changes.
By Jon Sorensen