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Completely Pointless Facts About Game 4 Officiating

Tonight’s officials are Dan O’Rourke and Tim Peel. Here we go:

Dan O’Rourke
The Caps saw O’Rourke five times during the regular season (four at home, once on the road).

O’Rourke has seen the Caps go 3-1-1 under his officiating. He has reffed with both Game 3 officials, Kelly Sutherland and Kevin Pollock.

Twice the Caps have received more penalties, twice the opponent received more, and once both teams were even in penalties.

The lone road game O’Rourke officiated was a 6-3 win at Mellon Arena. The Caps had twice as many penalties as the Penguins.

The back-to-back games he officiated versus Detroit and at Pittsburgh were part of the 14-game win streak (the 4th and 5th).

One-tenth of the Capitals 20 fights were when O’Rourke was officiating.

Tim Peel
The Caps saw Peel just three times (all at home).

The Caps are perfect at 3-0-0 when Peel is reffing.

Only once, the Caps were called for more penalties than the opposition.

The back-to-back games he reffed against Atlanta and Pittsburgh were during the 14-game win streak. They were actually the last two of that run, the 13th and 14th wins.

Again, one-tenth of the Caps 20 fights happened with Peel officiating.

In the end…
The Caps record was 6-1-1 and 1-0-0 on the road when either man reffed.

The Caps have a GF/G of 4.25 and a GA/G of 2.75.

One-fifth of the Caps fights occured under these two officials combined.

I’ll go ahead and call a 5-3 Caps win with one fight between Matt Bradley and someone.

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Completely Pointless Facts About Game 3 Officiating

Before the last game of the regular season, I decided to go through every single Caps game to try and find patterns of certain referees after reading Tim Leone’s blog about the Bears’ records with certain officials. I wrote everything down, but never got around to going through the “data.” But after plenty of whining from mainly the media about officiating of Game 2 between the Caps and the Habs, I decided to look at it for the first time.

The officials for Game 3, via @Habsinsideout1, will be Kevin Pollock and Kelly Sutherland.

Kelly Sutherland
The Capitals saw Sutherland six times during the regular season (five at home, once on the road).

With Sutherland, it’s evenly split; three times, the Caps have received more penalties and three times, the opposition has received more penalties.

Our record with Sutherland is 5-1-0 and includes two of the three shutout posted by Caps goalies this year.

The only away game that he reffed was a 3-0 shutout win in Tampa.

Kevin Pollock
The Capitals only saw Pollock twice during the regular season (both on the road).

With Pollock, the Caps always had more penalties than their opponents (which, in the Penguins series, was the case anyway).

Our record with Pollock is a perfect 2-0-0. Both wins came during the 14-game winning streak (the 5th and 11th wins).

Both were road wins.

In the end…
Between the two referees, the Caps were perfect at 3-0-0  on the road with one shutout, 4.33 GF/G, and 1.33 GA/G.

Through those three games, penalties against the Caps vs. penalties against opponents were 18-16 and twice the Caps took more penalties than the opponent.

Of course, it’s the second season and nothing from the first 82 means much now…

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