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Game 28 By the Numbers: Hurricanes at Capitals

This game is a few days old, so I'll spare you the detailed analysis and leave you with the numbers. There isn't too much to say about this one, though. Carolina caught Washington goaltender Braden Holtby on an off-night, burned him for three quick goals in the third period and then coasted for the rest of the game. It wasn't an overly impressive game from a possession or scoring chances standpoint, but good enough to beat another weak even strength team like Washington and give the Canes a much needed confidence boost. That said, there were a couple of standout performances, the biggest coming from the new first line of Tuomo Ruutu, Eric Staal & Jeff Skinner. A look at their numbers & more is coming after the jump.

Fenwick Timeline from Extra Skater

Carolina ended up on the wrong end of the possession battle but in a 4-1 game, that doesn't mean a whole lot. The odd thing is that Washington had the edge early in the second period but all of that ended after Jeff Skinner beat Holtby with a bullet from the left faceoff circle to make it 2-0. Carolina would then add on two quick goals and salt away the rest of the game. At this point, I'm sure the Hurricanes will take this type of win over outplaying the opponent because goals have been so hard to come by this year.

Scoring Chances

Period Total 5v5 PP 5v3 SH 3v5 4v4 EN
1 4 6 2 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 9 2 6 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
3 4 6 1 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 17 14 9 7 6 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

This was a special teams battle for the most part and it ended up being a draw with each team scoring once on the power play. Carolina had the edge in even strength chances despite losing the possession battle. Their defense did a great job of holding Washington to a lot of low-percentage shots from the outside and cleaning up most of the rebounds surrendered by Justin Peters.

Hurricanes Individual Scoring Chances

Player Goals Shots Chances Attempts
Jeff Skinner 2 7 5 8
Nathan Gerbe 0 3 3 4
Tuomo Ruutu 0 5 2 7
Jiri Tlusty 1 2 2 2
Riley Nash 0 2 2 4
Andrej Sekera 1 3 1 4
Eric Staal 0 3 1 4
Justin Faulk 0 4 1 5
Mike Komisarek 0 1 0 1
Jordan Staal 0 0 0 1
Elias Lindholm 0 0 0 1
Radek Dvorak 0 0 0 1
Drayson Bowman 0 1 0 1
Manny Malhotra 0 0 0 0
Patrick Dwyer 0 0 0 0
Jay Harrison 1 0 0 4
Ron Hainsey 0 1 0 1
Brett Bellemore 0 0 0 1

Hurricanes On-Ice Scoring Chances

# Player 5v5 PP SH 4v4
4 Andrej Sekera 15:03 4 4 4:41 5 0 4:37 1 3   0 0
5 Mike Komisarek 14:42 5 2 0:04 0 0 0:57 0 0   0 0
11 Jordan Staal 13:49 1 1 1:11 0 1 3:21 0 3   0 0
12 Eric Staal  12:20 1 4 4:38 6 0 2:07 1 2   1 0
14 Nathan Gerbe 9:19 3 0 0:56 0 0 1:34 1 0   0 0
15 Tuomo Ruutu 13:48 1 4 4:38 6 1 0:04 0 0   0 0
16 Elias Lindholm 8:30 5 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0   0 0
18 Radek Dvorak 10:06 2 2 0:24 0 0 1:25 0 1   0 0
19 Jiri Tlusty 12:20 3 1 1:09 0 1 0:31 0 0   0 0
20 Riley Nash 9:27 5 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0   0 0
21 Drayson Bowman 10:51 1 2 0:24 0 0 0:00 0 0   0 0
22 Manny Malhotra 10:40 2 1 0:29 0 0 2:37 0 3   0 0
27 Justin Faulk 17:59 3 3 4:30 6 0 4:14 1 3   0 0
39 Patrick Dwyer 12:35 1 1 0:11 0 0 3:59 0 3   0 0
44 Jay Harrison 16:06 3 3 1:43 0 1 0:49 0 2   1 0
53 Jeff Skinner 12:56 2 4 4:35 6 0 0:00 0 0   1 0
65 Ron Hainsey 18:01 3 1 1:32 1 1 3:35 0 3   1 0
73 Brett Bellemore 10:05 1 1 0:00 0 0 1:26 0 1   0 0
35 Justin Peters   9 7   6 1   1 6   1 0

Best EV Forward: Elias Lindholm +5

Worst EV Forwards: Tuomo Ruutu & Eric Staal -3

Best EV Defenseman: Mike Komisarek +3

Worst EV Defensemen: Justin Faulk & Andrej Sekera EVEN

The first line was actually pretty quiet at even strength in terms of chance production, despite Skinner's two goals. This trio did most of their damage on the power play, creating six scoring chances there. Some might write that off because they only found the back of the net once, but they did a lot of good work there and were at least doing something positive with the man advantage instead of letting it go to waste.

Capitals Individual Scoring Chances

 

Player Goals Shots Chances Attempts
Mike Green 1 4 4 6
Joel Ward 0 1 3 2
Jason Chimera 0 3 2 3
John Carlson 0 5 2 8
Alex Ovechkin 0 4 1 7
Eric Fehr 0 1 1 5
Nicklas Backstrom 0 1 1 5
Troy Brouwer 0 1 1 2
Tom Wilson 0 1 1 1
Marcus Johansson 0 1 1 2
Martin Erat 0 0 0 1
Tyson Strachan 0 1 0 4
Aaron Volpatti 0 0 0 2
Karl Alzner 0 1 0 1
Dmitry Orlov 0 0 0 0
Jay Beagle 0 2 0 3
Mikhail Grabovski 0 0 0 1
Nate Schmidt 0 1 0 2

Capitals On-Ice Scoring Chances

# Player 5v5 PP SH 4v4
8 Alex Ovechkin 11:46 3 1 7:17 5 1 0:00 0 0   0 0
10 Martin Erat 9:49 1 4 1:00 0 1 1:51 0 2   0 0
16 Eric Fehr 15:35 1 0 0:00 0 0 2:06 1 1   0 1
19 Nicklas Backstrom 11:18 3 2 5:34 4 0 0:54 1 0   0 0
20 Troy Brouwer 11:10 1 1 5:49 6 0 0:59 0 2   0 0
23 Tyson Strachan 15:54 2 4 0:00 0 0 0:42 1 0   0 0
24 Aaron Volpatti 9:55 1 5 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0   0 0
25 Jason Chimera 10:15 1 3 0:31 2 0 2:17 0 1   0 0
27 Karl Alzner 13:39 2 3 0:06 0 0 5:20 0 6   0 1
42 Joel Ward 9:33 1 3 2:00 0 1 2:22 0 2   0 0
43 Tom Wilson 10:44 1 5 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0   0 0
52 Mike Green 16:32 3 4 3:46 4 1 0:20 0 0   0 1
74 John Carlson 13:34 1 2 4:13 2 0 5:11 0 6   0 0
81 Dmitry Orlov 15:44 2 3 0:00 0 0 0:25 0 0   0 0
83 Jay Beagle 11:13 1 1 0:00 0 0 1:54 0 2   0 1
84 Mikhail Grabovski 13:49 1 2 2:48 0 1 0:00 0 0   0 0
88 Nate Schmidt 16:23 2 4 0:16 1 0 0:28 1 0   0 0
90 Marcus Johansson  11:46 3 2 5:45 6 0 0:03 0 0   0 0
70 Braden Holtby   6 8   2 1   0 3   0 1
31 Phillip Grubauer   1 1   4 0   1 3   0 0

Best EV Forward: Alex Ovechkin +2

Worst EV Forwards: Tom Wilson & Aaron Volpatti -4

Best EV Defensemen: Karl Alzner, Dmitry Orlov & Mike Green -1

Worst EV Defensemen: Nate Schmidt & Tyson Strachan -2

These are some interesting results because I thought the Canes held OVechkin's line in check. In many ways they did just that, holding Washington's leading goal-scorer to only once chance and his line had only tested Peters three times on the night. Still, they ended up in the black despite having a bad night by their standards.

Head-to-Head at Five-on-Five

This was a low-key game at even strength and most of the Hurricanes big matchup wins came against Washington's fourth line. The first line losing their head-to-head match-up was negated by Holtby's terrible performance, though.

5v5 Zone Entries

Hurricanes

  # of entries Shots generated Carry-ins Shots generated Dump-ins Shots generated
Sekera 1 1 1 1 0 0
Komisarek 1 0 0 0 1 0
J. Staal 4 0 3 0 1 0
E. Staal 5 4 5 4 0 0
Gerbe 2 0 0 0 2 0
Ruutu 10 5 7 4 3 1
Lindholm 1 1 1 1 0 0
Dvorak 4 0 2 0 2 0
Tlusty 5 3 3 2 2 1
Nash 1 1 1 1 0 0
Bowman 6 5 3 3 3 2
Malhotra 1 0 1 0 0 0
Faulk 3 2 1 1 2 1
Dwyer 2 0 0 0 2 0
Harrison 3 0 0 0 3 0
Skinner 2 2 2 2 0 0
Hainsey 1 0 0 0 1 0
Bellemore 3 1 0 0 3 1
Team 55 25 30 19 25 6

 

It's a little odd that the Canes first didn't have a big game in terms of scoring chances because they dominated Washington in the neutral zone, carrying the puck in 14 times and having 17 entries overall. Ruutu did most of the bull-work here, as he was able to gain the line with control numerous times and the Canes made most of them count. Eric Staal also had a terrific game in this regard. The only thing that I would have liked to see more of is the defensemen jumping into the play, but with Ryan Murphy scratched & the game being over by the third period, the Canes were able to get by without that. The bottom-six contributing also helped negate that.

Capitals

Player # of entries Shots generated Carry-ins Shots generated Dump-ins Shots generated
Ovechkin 4 5 3 3 1 2
Erat 5 2 1 1 4 1
Fehr 10 2 7 2 3 0
Backstrom 2 0 2 0 0 0
Brouwer 1 0 0 0 1 0
Strachan 3 0 1 0 2 0
Volpatti 3 1 0 0 3 1
Chimera 7 3 2 3 5 0
Alzner 3 3 0 0 3 3
Ward 1 0 1 0 0 0
Wilson 1 0 0 0 1 0
Green 2 1 0 0 2 1
Carlson 0 0 0 0 0 0
Orlov 2 0 0 0 2 0
Beagle 3 2 2 2 1 0
Grabovski 4 2 4 2 0 0
Schmidt 2 0 0 0 2 0
Johansson 3 4 2 3 1 1
Team 56 25 25 16 31 9

Washington has enough forwards & mobile defensemen to be a team that thrives on transition and carry the puck in on a regular basis but they had to play a lot of dump-and-chase in this game. Most of that stems from their defense corps dumping the puck in every chance they got but it didn't help that three forwards accounted for nearly half of their controlled entries. Not really a balanced attack.

5v5 Zone Exits

Hurricanes

# Player Pos. Touches Carry Pass Other Turnover Icing
4 Andrej Sekera D 17 0 4 0 1 0
5 Mike Komisarek D 8 1 1 0 1 0
11 Jordan Staal C 4 0 0 0 0 0
12 Eric Staal C 9 0 4 0 1 0
14 Nathan Gerbe C 3 1 0 1 0 0
15 Tuomo Ruutu R 8 2 1 0 1 0
16 Elias Lindholm C 4 0 0 0 0 0
18 Radek Dvorak R 8 2 4 0 0 0
19 Jiri Tlusty C 10 0 0 0 0 0
20 Riley Nash C 6 0 3 0 0 0
21 Drayson Bowman L 9 0 4 0 1 0
22 Manny Malhotra C 6 1 0 0 1 0
27 Justin Faulk D 25 0 5 1 2 1
39 Patrick Dwyer R 6 3 1 0 0 0
44 Jay Harrison D 15 1 3 1 0 1
53 Jeff Skinner C 3 1 1 0 0 0
65 Ron Hainsey D 13 0 3 0 0 3
73 Brett Bellemore D 12 0 1 1 0 0
  Forwards   72 10 18 1 4 0
  Defense   90 2 17 3 4 5
  Overall   166 12 35 4 8 5

Capitals

# Player Pos. Touches Carry Pass Other Turnover Icing
8 Alex Ovechkin L 3 1 1 0 0 0
10 Martin Erat R 6 1 0 1 0 0
16 Eric Fehr R 8 2 0 0 0 1
19 Nicklas Backstrom C 5 1 2 0 0 0
20 Troy Brouwer R 2 0 0 0 0 0
23 Tyson Strachan D 16 0 3 0 0 1
24 Aaron Volpatti L 2 1 0 0 0 0
25 Jason Chimera L 3 1 0 0 0 0
27 Karl Alzner D 15 1 3 0 1 0
42 Joel Ward R 4 0 0 0 0 0
43 Tom Wilson R 3 2 0 0 0 0
52 Mike Green D 23 0 5 0 3 0
74 John Carlson D 12 0 3 0 0 2
81 Dmitry Orlov D 24 2 5 0 0 0
83 Jay Beagle C 4 1 0 0 0 0
84 Mikhail Grabovski C 10 3 3 0 0 0
88 Nate Schmidt D 17 1 6 1 0 0
90 Marcus Johansson C 3 0 1 0 0 0
  Forwards   53 13 7 1 0 1
  Defense   107 4 25 1 4 3
  Overall   160 17 32 2 4 4

 

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