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]
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.
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