Remember when the Capitals' power play used to strike fear into the hearts of opposing teams? Yeah, that was awesome. Coach Bruce Boudreau is frustrated too, seeing his team score only four goals on 45 scoring chances during their last 43 power-play opportunities. One definition of insanity is doing the same things and expecting different results, so now is the time to make some changes.
After looking at the forward combos for even strength, I turned my attention to the power play and realized there are only a few combinations in use, mostly centering around Alex Ovechkin and either one or both blueliners John Carlson and Mike Green.
I have written before that seeing almost two thirds of the Capitals' power-play time is too much for Ovechkin, and the numbers continue to validate my claim.
|Power play||PP TOI||Scoring chances per 2 min of PP||Goals scored per 2 min of PP|
|Games||TOI||Scoring chances per 2 min of PP||Goals scored per 2 min of PP|
|Green & Carlson||11||28.7||0.66||0.29|