The Capitals’ power play is the league’s second-most dangerous, converting eight of its 27 opportunities (29.6 percent) through seven games. Last season, the unit was 16th in the league and nothing seemed to click. So what changed?
It’s a combination of things, writes Tarik El-Bashir in his latest On Hockey column:
1. Crashing the net. (More on that from here from stats guru Neil Greenberg.)
2. Keep Alex Ovechkin off of the point. (Good breakdown from Japers’ Rink here on the captain's success in the slot.)
3. Quick, crisp passes.