Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes 10/8/11 Scoring Chances

The Canes may have gotten a point in this game but my thought the entire time was that the Canes were outplayed the entire time at even strength and only got a point due to a strong powerplay. After looking at the scoring chances, my belief is confirmed. The Canes were outchanced 6-12 at even strength in Saturday’s game against Washington but they generated 8 (!) chances on the powerplay and it resulted in two goals. If it wasn’t for that, this game wouldn’t have been close. Sometimes you need to win the special teams battle to stay competitive and that’s what the Canes did on Saturday…until they coughed up two powerplay goals. Let’s examine things more closely…

Carolina vs. Washington 10/8/11 Scoring Chances

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 4 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 3 6 1 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 7 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
4 4 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals 14 18 6 12 8 0 0 0 0 4 0 2

Carolina’s chances are in red, Washington’s are in white.

Carolina actually played a decent first period and slightly outchanced Washington at even strength (although there wasn’t a lot of offense in that period) but Washington took control 5v5 after that. Carolina was dominated in the second period but the powerplay goal from Eric Staal evened things up a little bit. Same goes for the third period where the Canes scored with the goalie pulled to tie the game. Carolina actually nearly stole a win in this game with how well their powerplay was working 4-on-3 in overtime but luckily for the Caps, Neuvirth came up huge…and they capitalized on their only chance in OT. Regardless of the result, I am just happy that Carolina came away with a point given how badly we were outplayed 5-on5.

Individual Scoring Chances

# Player EV PP SH
5 Bryan Allen 13:19 3 2 0:00 0 0 4:37 0 2
6 Tim Gleason 19:13 2 4 0:00 0 0 3:41 0 4
12 Eric Staal 16:13 2 4 4:39 8 0 0:48 0 0
13 Anthony Stewart 8:04 1 3 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
15 Tuomo Ruutu 13:40 2 4 0:57 0 0 0:00 0 0
16 Brandon Sutter 14:42 1 5 0:57 0 0 2:13 0 1
19 Jiri Tlusty 10:15 2 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
22 Zac Dalpe 7:50 0 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
23 Alexei Ponikarovsky 14:55 2 5 0:57 0 0 0:24 0 0
25 Joni Pitkanen 18:31 2 4 4:49 8 0 1:47 0 2
28 Justin Faulk 18:12 1 4 0:57 0 0 0:07 0 0
33 Brian Boucher 49:30 5 12 5:36 8 0 6:31 0 4
36 Jussi Jokinen 11:20 4 1 4:39 8 0 0:51 0 0
37 Tim Brent 8:14 0 2 0:00 0 0 3:03 0 3
39 Patrick Dwyer 14:12 1 5 0:00 0 0 3:56 0 1
44 Jay Harrison 12:36 2 4 0:47 0 0 2:43 0 0
51 Tomas Kaberle 17:43 2 6 3:10 4 0 0:07 0 0
53 Jeff Skinner 15:14 2 4 4:39 8 0 0:00 0 0
59 Chad LaRose 13:57 2 1 0:00 0 0 1:23 0 2

Best EV Forward: Jussi Jokinen +3

Best EV Defenseman: Bryan Allen +1

Worst EV Forwards: Patrick Dwyer, Brandon Sutter -4

Worst EV Defenseman: Tomas Kaberle -4

Almost every forward had a poor game at even strength except for Jussi Jokinen’s line with Chad LaRose and Jiri Tlusty. Maurice juggled the lines a bit after two periods and put Jokinen with Anthony Stewart and Tuomo Ruutu. The fact that his chances for is higher than those two shows you who was doing most of the work on that line. Staal, Skinner, Jokinen and Pitkanen look like they were killing it on the powerplay but 4 of their chances came on the 4-on-3 in overtime. Sutter, Dwyer and Ponikarovsky were put against the Ovechkin line so that explains some of their shortcomings this game, although I think they did a solid job at containing Ovechkin in this game. These two also did some solid work on the penalty kill. Over three minutes of PK ice-time a piece and they only surrendered one shorthanded chance.

Kaberle was brutal at even strength but had a solid powerplay performance to make up for it a little. Still, two of Kaberle’s mistakes ended up in the back of the net and he surrendered more chances than any other defenseman. Allen saw a bit of the Ovechkin line and he turned in a solid performance that night and Harrison didn’t surrender one chance shorthanded.

Head-to-Head at even strength

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Check out Vic Ferrari’s Head-to-head tables to see who was matched up with whom.

As you can see, the Sutter line was put against the Ovechkin line for most of this game and I suppose things could have been a lot worse when you consider what those three are capable of. Pitkanen and Gleason also saw a lot of Ovechkin, Backstrom and Knuble and they didn’t let them do much at all. The Jokinen line won all of it’s matchups and Jokinen wasn’t a minus against anyone. He was also the only player to come out positive against the Alzner-Carlson defense pairing. Speaking of which, those two completely shut-down the Staal line. This also makes me wonder why LaRose was moved up to the Staal line to replace Ruutu instead of Jokinen. LaRose didn’t have a terrible game but Jokinen was creating a lot more chances. With the team struggling to produce offense, putting a stronger performer like Jokinen on the top line may have been the right call.

Scoring chances in chronological order

Team Period Time Note CAR Opponent
CAR 1 18:49 Tlusty backhander on rebound 5 19 33 36 44 59 20 28 30 44 52 85 5v5
CAR 1 18:14 LaRose snapshot from faceoff circle 5 19 33 36 44 59 20 28 30 44 52 85 5v5
WSH 1 16:10 Ward wrister from faceoff dot 6 16 23 25 33 39 21 25 27 30 42 74 5v5
WSH 1 13:05 Chimera backhander 12 15 28 33 51 53 21 25 27 30 42 74 5v5
WSH 1 12:06 Laich stuff attempt 6 25 33 37 59 8 19 21 28 30 52 4v5
WSH 1 10:43 Knuble 6 25 33 37 59 6 20 22 30 44 85 4v5
CAR 1 5:54 Jokinen 12 25 33 36 51 53 15 21 27 30 74 5v4
CAR 1 3:34 Sutter missed shot 6 16 23 25 33 39 6 20 21 30 42 55 5v5
WSH 2 14:28 Perreault 13 22 25 33 37 44 6 20 28 30 55 85 5v5
CAR 2 12:58 Staal 12 15 28 33 51 53 21 26 30 44 52 83 5v5
WSH 2 12:20 Hendricks 6 16 23 25 33 39 15 26 30 44 52 83 5v5
WSH 2 12:07 Hendricks wrap-around 6 16 23 25 33 39 15 26 30 44 52 83 5v5
CAR 2 8:43 Skinner 12 25 33 36 51 53 6 20 22 30 55 5v4
CAR 2 7:44 Staal GOAL 12 25 33 36 51 53 25 30 42 44 52 5v4
WSH 2 5:32 Semin GOAL on breakaway 12 15 28 33 51 53 20 27 28 30 74 85 5v5
WSH 2 1:58 Brouwer 5 13 22 33 37 44 6 20 28 30 55 85 5v5
WSH 2 0:21 Chimera GOAL on breakaway 12 15 28 33 51 53 21 25 27 30 42 74 5v5
CAR 3 19:42 Staal GOAL 12 25 33 36 51 53 15 21 27 30 44 5v4
WSH 3 18:10 Carlson 12 28 33 51 53 59 20 27 28 30 74 85 5v5
WSH 3 15:37 Ovechkin snapshot 16 23 33 39 44 51 6 8 19 22 30 55 5v5
WSH 3 15:31 Knuble 16 23 33 39 44 51 6 8 19 22 30 55 5v5
CAR 3 14:41 Stewart 5 6 13 15 33 36 6 20 28 30 44 85 5v5
WSH 3 5:29 Perreault 5 6 13 15 33 36 20 27 28 30 52 85 5v5
WSH 3 4:17 Ovechkin 5 6 16 33 39 6 8 19 21 30 52 4v5
WSH 3 3:57 Backstrom wrist shot 5 12 33 44 8 19 21 28 30 52 3v5
WSH 3 3:45 Laich GOAL on rebound 5 12 33 44 8 19 21 28 30 52 3v5
CAR 3 1:19 Jokinen GOAL 12 23 25 36 51 53 15 21 27 30 42 74 5v5
CAR 4 4:46 Jokinen one-timer 12 25 33 36 53 21 22 30 44 4v3
CAR 4 4:02 Pitkanen deflection 12 25 33 36 53 19 26 30 44 4v3
CAR 4 3:42 Skinner 12 25 33 36 53 19 21 27 30 4v3
CAR 4 3:31 Kaberle 12 25 33 36 53 19 21 27 30 4v3
WSH 4 2:36 Green GOAL deflected off Allen 5 6 33 37 6 8 19 30 52 3v4
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