It’s Turkey Week in the Capitals Nation, and that means the annual Wednesday and Friday games at the Capital One Arena, followed by Saturday’s game in New Jersey against the hottest team in the league.
Philadelphia Flyers (Wednesday / 7:30 PM at Capital One Arena)
For dozens of games, the Philadelphia Flyers have been on the list of “surprise” teams in the NHL, and it is believed that the clubs face a struggle in the regular season to be a contender for a playoff spot, but they have outperformed expectations. With a 7-3-2 record in their first 12 games, they finished fourth in the Metropolitan Division. But there were signs. In those 10 games, the Flyers had one-goal decisions seven times, and they posted a 4-1-2 record. They were playing right on the sidelines.
Since that hot start, the Flyers have had a hard time, putting up a six-game losing streak into the new week (0-4-2), and have been losing a lot. All four losses in regulation time were by three or more goals. Their two points over their last six games are tied for second in the league over that span (Buffalo winless at 0-5-0), a product of their inability to score (2.17 goals per game/27).The tenth in the league in a scoring offense) and failing to clear opponents off the scoreboard (4.50 goals allowed per game/30). Special teams weren’t on a six-game losing streak, and their strength was 10.5 percent (29The tenth) and their penalty is a kill of 50.0 percent (32). The only saving grace for them from the death penalty was that they did not need to be published. His 2.67 shortstop stands per game was tied for seventh-most in the league over that span.
There’s another blinker in the Flyers’ season so far, and this is their road record. They’ve won two of their first three road contests this season, but have only won once in their last seven games outside Philadelphia, a 2-1 victory in Ottawa over the Senators on November 5.The tenth. The road record of 3-4-3 overall is tied for 19The tenth In the league in points (nine), which is 20The tenth In percentage points (. 450), here, too, the Flyers’ struggles are on both sides of the puck. Her 2.40 goals per game on the road ranks 29thThe tenth In scoring, and despite their 3.20 goals allowed per game, they are ranked 15thThe tenth On scoring defense, the Flyers have allowed four or more goals in five of their last six games, including five goals three times.
That would be 236The tenth A meeting in the all-time series between these longtime rivals. Washington is 95-110-11 (19 games) so far, 52-46-4 (13 ties) indoors.
Calgary Flames (Friday / 2:00 at Capital One Arena)
The Calgary Flames have been a complicated team so far this season, and the Caps might just be holding them on the “good” streak. The Flames were 5-1-0 in their first six games of the season before suffering a seven-game losing streak (0-5-2). They are 3-1-0 in their last four games going into the new week.
Calgary will come to Washington for the fifth of a six-game road trip, all games on the season’s longest road trip in the Eastern Time Zone. If we consider the entire lines, the flames have been a bit disappointing so far. They are a modest goalscoring team thus far, their 3.06 goals per game in total is tied for 17 goals.The tenth in scoring. On the other hand, 3.41 goals allowed per match equates to 23 goals allowed.Research and development in scoring defense. Unsurprisingly, they fared even worse on the road – they averaged 2.50 goals scored per game (tying for 24The tenth in scoring offense) and 3.50 goals allowed per game (tied to 22.00).Abbreviation II in defense by scoring).
Their offense in road games suffers from the “60 Minutes” problem. While the Flames have nine goals in the first period of the six road games they have played so far, they have only three goals in the second period and three goals in the third period in those competitions. Their scoring defense is a mirror image of this frustration, as they allowed just four first-half goals in the six road games with eight goals each in the second and third period of those games. The problem is exacerbated by missed opportunities. In six road games, the Flames have scored first five times, but they were only 2-2-1 in those contests, and a . 400 winning percentage in road games when they posted 22nd.Abbreviation II in the league.
One thing to watch in this game is the shots on goal. In 17 games entering the new week, the Flames have outscored their opponents 14 times. It didn’t matter much, Calgary with a 7-6-1 record in those games and only 1-3-1 on the road when outplaying an opponent. They post an average of 38.3 shots per game on the road, though (2nd in the league), and although the Caps have done a good job of ice-restricting shots at home (28.0 per game/seventh-fewest in the league), they’re one of the best. Be prepared to see a lot of pucks.
Maybe the problem is the mileage. Of their first six road games, five were played in the Eastern Time Zone (Long Island, New Jersey, Boston, Tampa, Miami), and all six games on the road trip they currently find themselves on will be played in the East.
Hats and flames will meet at 102Abbreviation II The time in each of their time series this week, the Caps have held a record of 42-43-3 (13 ties) overall and 27-16-3 (six ties) on ice.
New Jersey Devils (Saturday / 7:00 PM at the Prudential Center)
If you have a New Jersey Devils with the second-best record in the league in a quarter-point of the season in both points (30) and point percentage (.833), and on a 12-game winning streak, you’re going into the new season by the week, you might consider opening a studio. for divination. The Devils will have a challenge this week ahead of their weekend game with the Caps on Saturday with two games against Edmonton and Toronto at home before heading to snow-covered Buffalo on Friday.
Despite this, the Devils have met nearly every challenge thrown their way thus far. They are third in the league in scoring (3.78 goals per game) and second in scoring defense (2.33 goals allowed per game). They are third in games scored first (12). No team has taken more leads in the third period of games (12) and they’re a perfect 12-0-0 in those games so far. Only three teams have allowed fewer goals in 5-5 than the Devils (26), and only Pittsburgh has scored more goals in five (48) than the Devils (47, tied with Dallas on the new week). Only Carolina has better shot attempts at 5-to-5 (62.4 percent) than New Jersey (58.8 percent).
And if anything, they’ve been better, especially recently, on home ice. They go into the new week on a five-game winning streak (7-2-0 overall this season), allowing just eight goals in those five games while kicking 19 of their own, although seven of those came in a 7-1. . Sad victory over Columbus on October 30thThe tenth.
If there is a weak point with this team, it might be special teams. The power play wasn’t that efficient (20.3 percent, par for 20The tenth in the league), and did not benefit from being on the ice much (3.28 times per game, tied 20 timesThe tenth in the league). But watch out when they score the guy feature. New Jersey has scored a solid 12 games to date (one in each case) and has a record of 11-1-0 in those games. Oddly enough, the Devils are 4-0-0 when they get two or fewer man advantages so far. On the special teams side, the Devils have been just as good, if not great, killing 81.4 percent from their shortstop situations (tied for eighth in the league). They are limited to 12The tenthThe lowest number of short positions per match (3.28).
That would be 231Street Meeting those franchises that entered the league in the same season (1974-1975). The caps are 124-77-16 (13 ties) in the series so far, 53-47-7 (seven ties) on the way.
- Alex Ovechkin. The captain leads the team in goals (four) and points (nine) in November and ranks second on the team in average ice time (21:36 per game).
- John Carlson. He’s only dressed five games so far this month, but John Carlsson has three goals and five points in that span. Even with half the schedule played, his 22 shots on goal are tied for third on the team for the month.
- Matt Irwin. Matt Irwin? Yes, Irwin died. The veteran defender has battled injuries to Carlson and Dmitry Orlov, having played all 10 matches so far in November, and his plus-2 rating is the best in the squad for the month. Even though he has no points, he has ten shots on goal in those ten games.
- Power play. The power caps game has slipped in the rankings. At 18.9 percent, it ranks 23rd in the league, and its road strength at 12.5 percent is tied with Columbus for worst in the league. Since Edmonton ignited a solid four goals in five chances in a 5-4 win on November 7The tenthHowever, the games are 1-for-26 over the last six games (3.9 percent, the last in the league over that period). And it’s not like they didn’t stand their chance. The Caps’ solid 4.33 chances per game ranked second in the league over that period (Buffalo: 4.60…but they didn’t win a game in that period).
- Alex Ovechkin. Yes, it appeared here too. Minus -7The tenth The rating was tied for the 10th worst in the league among 702 skaters to appear in games in November.
- Eric Gustafson. In November, Gustafsson went 0-for-20 hitting the puck (most scoreless shots on a team) and was a team-worst minus-8 for the month in ten games.
- Calgary won their first road game of the season, 4-3 in Edmonton on October 15The tenth. They haven’t won a single in regulation since (they beat Florida, 5-4, in a shootout on Oct. 19).The tenth in the last road competition).
- Six of the ten losses in official matches have been by three or more goals (tied for third in the league in losses by three or more goals).
- Heading into the new week, the Devils are the only team in the league that has yet to lose when falling behind in first place in games (6-0-0).
Potential milestones to arrive this week (or soon):
- 300 penalty minutes during his career (he currently has 292 minutes).
- 1st among defensemen in franchise history in power play points (228 (Kale Johansson); he has 221)
- 200 career penalty minutes (192).
- 200 Career Assistance (199)
- 200 points as capital (198)
- 201 points (tied by Jaromir Jagr for 43Research and development place in franchise history)
- 202 points (tying for Rod Langway’s 42Abbreviation II place in franchise history)
- 100 career penalty minutes (96).
- 30The tenth Place in franchise history in goals scored (110 (Craig Laughlin); has 109)
- 200 passes as capital (195)
- 300 NHL games started (297).
- Eighth in franchise history in assists (359 (Bengt-Ak Gustafsson; has 355)
- 7th in franchise history in assists (361 (Kale Johansson)
- 100 aim even in strength as capital (99)
- 29 career hat-tricks (28, would break the three-way tie with Marcel Dionne and Bobby Hull for sixth all-time)
- 14The tenth All time in a two-point game (403 (Stan Mikita); he has 400))
- 22Abbreviation II All time in strengths (542 (Brian Leach); he has 537)
- 126 games of three or more points (125, tied with Teemu Celane and Jean Beliveau for 23Research and development put all the time)