Panther punishment: numbers for the morning after – Russian Machine Never Breaks

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Panther punishment: numbers for the morning after – Russian Machine Never Breaks

By
Chris Cerullo

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April 2, 2019 7:11 am


The Washington Capitals did not play well for the majority of the game against the Florida Panthers and that’s probably an understatement. The 5-3 loss was in a word…sloppy.

The Panthers out-shot the Caps 34 to 29.

  • From an outside, purely statistical view looking in, the first line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Tom Wilson didn’t really have a bad overall game. But in reality they were terrible and pretty much at fault for three of the Panthers goals in this game. Not great, fam.
  • John Carlson recorded his 70th point of the season on Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s goal, the first time that the defenseman has hit that mark in his career.
  • There aren’t many other highlights from this game statistically. Backstrom has three goals in two games, Jakub Vrana scored his 24th of the season, and Kuznetsov scored his 21st.
  • The Islanders lost to the Maple Leafs 2-1, so no movement in the division race. The Caps beat the Habs on Thursday and the division is theirs for the fourth straight season. Simple.
  • I think reuniting Ovi, Backy, and Oshbabe as a line for these last two games might be a welcome experiment.

Numbers thanks to Hockey-reference.com and NaturalStatTrick.com.

Full RMNB Coverage of Caps at Panthers

Headline photo: Eliot J. Schechter

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