Capitals Weekly Trends: Mixed Play Over A Positive Week


A new regular feature we are introducing today provides a very brief snapshot of the most relevant statistical trends for Capitals over the past week.

The following table lists the Capitals team stats and league rankings from last week (Left side) and the current stats and rankings for today (after seven games). The colors indicate improving (green) and worsening (red) trends for the past week. [Click to enlarge]

POSITIVES

Special Teams – Both the power play and penalty kill showed improvement over the last week following their dismal starts to the season. However, while the power play is now near the top third in the league, the penalty kill still lingers with the league’s bottom feeders in the league.

Shooting Percentage – The Capitals now own the best shooting percentage in the league.

Penalties – while the week saw a dip in the overall penalty stats, the Capitals are still doing very well in the penalties differential department.

NEGATIVES

Shots For/Against Per Game – The Capitals saw a significant degradation in their shots for and against per game statistics over the past week. Some of this was due in large part to the New Jersey Devils who, believe it or not, lead the league in many offensive statistical categories.

Possession Metrics – The Capitals remain cellar dwellers in most of the key possession metrics, which will have to drastically improve if the team is to sustain long-term success over the course of the season.

By Jon Sorensen

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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6 Responses to Capitals Weekly Trends: Mixed Play Over A Positive Week

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes, it’s early, but some of the aforementioned stats are very concerning after 7 games – 8.5% of the season. I’d say around 10% we start getting a meaningful data set.

  2. novafyre says:

    If we get any worse on faceoffs we’ll be beyond cellar and in the Cheyenne Mountain depths.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Good pull. How about Marianas Trench depth?

      • novafyre says:

        No. I don’t even want to go there, don’t want to even contemplate that. Our numbers in any category get that bad people need to be fired. Any team that deep had better stop thinking of rising back up and start up immediately by jettisoning whatever caused the dive.

        You made me work hard on that one.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Only relevant stat is we get our butt kicked by good teams and can compete against other mediocre teams.

  4. Jon Sorensen says:

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