The Washington Capitals were blanked by the Dallas Stars 2-0 Thursday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The loss drops the Capitals record to 4-4-0 on the season.
In this post, we’ll take a look at the statistics behind the Capitals loss to the Stars. The statistics used in this post are courtesy of Natural Stat Trick. If you’d like to learn more about the statistical terms used in this post, please check out our NHLAnalytics Glossary
Stars led 1-0 after the first 20 minutes. There was plenty of up and down the ice with very little sustained zone time by both teams. Dallas gained control of possession starting at around the 14 min mark of the period, and mounted a serious attack for a brief period, but Kuemper was strong.
Stars lead in shot attempts 36-34, scoring chances 17-14, high-danger chances, 8-7, xGF 1.48 to 1.27 after two periods. Stars owned the dot, 76-24% after 40 minutes of play.
The Stars added a shorthanded goal for the 2-0 final. Nothing was making it’s way across the goal line for the Capitals tonight. You’ll have those games. The advanced stats tell the story of a close game, and it was.
Shots on goal ended tied 27-27. The Stars led in shot attempts, 48-42, scoring chances 22-19, high-danger chances, 9-8, for the game. The Stars led in expected goals for 1.87 to 1.63 and xGF% 53.47 to 46.53%.
The Capitals did better at creating quality scoring chances in this game than they have in recent games, as several players ended the game over 50%. [Click to enlarge].
Having said that, several players continue to struggle, with the Nick Jensen and Martin Fehervary pairing struggling the most on the blueline. The fourth line also produced very underwhelming numbers in this one.
Season percentages for expected goals for are creeping upwards. However, with the exception of Anthony Mantha, all still remain below 50%.
ODDS AND ENDS
The Stars dominated the faceoffs, winning 68% of the draws in this contest. Here are the individual stats for the Capitals:
- Alex Ovechkin 0 for 1
- Dylan Strome 4 for 12
- Lars Eller 6 for 16
- Nic Dowd 3 for 8
- Conor Sheary 0 for 1
- T.J. Oshie 0 for 2
- Evgeny Kuznetsov 5 for 17
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