Thursday, February 9, 2017

Statisfaction: Caps Win 11 Straight at Home

Welcome to Statisfaction, your daily dose of NHL-related numbers and factoids. Today we'll begin with the juggernaut Washington Capitals, who won their 11th consecutive game at home last night, 6-3 over the Detroit Red Wings.

1. Capitals closing in on an NHL record:

The Capitals have been scoring in bunches, and they've been doing it for an extended period of time. With their six-goal performance last night Washington has now scored five or more goals in ten consecutive home games. According to Elias Sports, the Boston Bruins scored five or more in 11 straight during the 1970-71 season, for the all-time NHL record.

Washington will be home on Saturday against the road-weary Anaheim Ducks, looking to tie Boston's record.

It really doesn't matter where Washington plays these days. Wherever they are, they score lots of goals. The Caps have poured in 89 goals in 20 games since January 1st, 24 more than the second best NHL team in that span.

2. Lucic with Connor McDavid, Lucic without Connor McDavid

It's no secret that it's better to be on Connor McDavid's line than to be off it, but with Milan Lucic the drop-off when he plays without McDavid is pretty extreme. When coupled with McDavid, Lucic is on ice for 64 percent of goals. When he's not with McDavid, Lucic is on ice for only 33 percent of the goals.

3. The Flyers Can't Buy a Goal

It's been really rough for the Flyers, who have scored just 13 goals in their last ten games. Actually it's amazing that they've been able to win four games and accumulate nine points in this stretch of anemic scoring.

4. Kreider cracks his career-best goal total:

Rangers rugged forward Chris Kreider is on pace for 30 goals and he has already topped his career-best total as of Thursday night when he pumped in his 22nd of the season during the Blueshirts 4-3 win over Nashville at MSG.

Kreider scored 21 goals in each of his last two seasons. When you look at it in terms of goals per game, Kreider is scoring .45 goals per game compared to .27 goals per game last season.

5. Price, Rask, Lundqvist All Struggling

Check out the numbers of three of the best goalies of this current generation since January 11. Carey Price, Tuukka Rask and Henrik Lundqvist all have plus-3.00 Goals Against Averages. What is going on with these three?

Since January 11:

Price: 4-7-1 with a .894 save percentage:
Rask: 5-4-1 with a .855 save percentage
Lundqvist: 7-4-0 with a 3.07 GAA