Capital Offense

When people talk about the Caps offense, you’ll sometimes hear phrases like “offensive juggernaut” and “the most explosive offense in the League” used to describe it.

Here are a few quick notes on that explosive offense if you aren’t familiar:

  • In the past seven games (1/5-1/17), the Caps have scored four or more goals (4, 5, 8, 4, 5, 6, 5—only one loss in that span).
  • There might not be a player with a hat trick, but the team leads the League in goals for with 178 goals. That’s 18 more than the next team.
  • The top Power Play percentage (25.1%) belongs to the Caps. We’ve also got the best home PP% (25.6).
  • Aside from callups, every Caps forward has scored at least a goal. Only two players (Shaone Morrisonn and John Erskine) have yet to get a goal. Both ShaMo and Erskine have four and three assists respectively.
  • Of the nine callups, four (Mathieu Perreault, Keith Aucoin, Alex Giroux, and Jay Beagle) scored at least a goal. Six have at least two points (add Karl Alzner and Kyle Wilson to the previous group). Only Boyd Kane, Andrew Gordon, and John Carlson have failed to register a point.
  • We have four of the top 10 +/- leaders: 1-Ovi (+28), 2-Schultz (+27), 9-Backstrom (+20), 10-Green (+20). 
  • Eight players have 25+ points. Six have 30+. Four have 40+.
  • Excluding Jason Chimera (because he scored eight of his 10 goals with Columbus), we have NINE 10+ goal scorers. Chicago is the next closest with eight.
  • The Caps, Vancouver, and San Jose are the only teams with TWO 20+ goal scorers. Here’s a look at the number of 10+ and 20+ goal scorers on each team in the League.
  • There have been 34 multiple-goal games for the Caps; the league average is under 13 per team. (via @washcaps)

Breaking down the multiple-goal games:

  • Brendan Morrison: 1—Nov. 6 vs FLA (2-0-2)
  • Eric Fehr: 1—Nov. 28 vs MTL (2-0-2)
  • Mike Green: 2—Dec. 4 vs PHI (2-2-4), Jan. 12 vs TBL (2-0-2)
  • Mike Knuble: 3—Nov. 7 vs FLA (2-2-4), Jan. 9 vs ATL (2-0-2), Jan. 15 vs TOR (2-0-2)
  • Brooks Laich: 3—Oct. 1 vs BOS (2-1-3), Nov. 1 vs CBJ (2-0-2). Jan. 17 vs PHI (2-1-3)
  • Tomas Fleischmann: 4—Oct. 30 vs NYI (2-0-2), Nov. 7 vs FLA (2-0-2), Dec. 5 vs PHI (2-0-2), Dec. 15 vs COL (2-0-2)
  • Nicklas Backstrom: 5—Oct. 8 vs NYR (2-0-2), Nov. 30 vs CAR (2-1-3), Dec. 12 vs TOR (2-0-2), Dec. 23 vs BUF (2-0-2), Jan. 7 vs OTT (2-1-3)
  • Alexander Semin: 7—Oct. 3 vs TOR (2-1-3), Oct. 6 vs PHI (2-0-2), Nov. 11 vs NYI (2-0-2), Dec. 3 vs FLA (2-2-4), Dec. 11 vs CAR (2-0-2), Jan. 5 vs MTL (2-0-2), Jan. 9 vs ATL (2-1-3)
  • Alex Ovechkin: 8—Oct. 1 vs BOS (2-1-3), Oct. 6 vs PHI (2-1-3), Oct. 15 vs SJS (2-0-2), Oct. 17 vs NSH (2-0-2), Oct. 27 vs PHI (2-0-2), Oct. 29 vs ATL (2-1-3), Dec. 7 vs TBL (2-0-2), Dec. 19 vs EDM (2-1-3)

Between 17 players, there are 104 multiple-point games so far this season:
-Kyle Wilson, Keith Aucoin, Brian Pothier, Mathieu Perreault, and Jason Chimera all have 1.
-Tom Poti and Eric Fehr each have 2.
-Jeff Schultz and Matt Bradley each have 3.
-Brendan Morrison has 4.
-Mike Knuble and Tomas Fleischmann each have 6.
-Brooks Laich has 9.
-Mike Green has 12.
-Nicklas Backstrom has 15.
-Alexander Semin has 17.
-Alex Ovechkin has 20.

And a little more on Mike Green:

In the three point streaks he’s had, he’s also had at least two multi-point games in each.
–From October 12-November 1 (9 games), he went 1-9-11 with two multi-point games.
–From November 11-November 25 (8 games), he went 1-11-12 with four multi-point games.
–From January 2-January 17 (8 games), he’s gone 3-8-11 with three multi-point games including one multi-goal game (Jan. 12).


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