After a trio of one-goal games on a tough road trip in which the Caps were only able to salvage a pair of points in the standings, the regular season is now roughly 1/10th complete and things are starting to settle a bit statistically. Let's have a look at the week what was in Corsi. But first, here's the year-to-date Corsi Rating for each skater on the team on a per game, per sixty minutes of even strength ice time rate (click to enlarge):
There's no change at the top or bottom from last week
, as Sergei Fedorov
and Boyd Gordon
once again provide the bookends. Chris Clark
and Tomas Fleischmann
moved to the right side of zero, as neither had a game in the red, and Eric Fehr
slipped from the black to the red thanks to one bad game (a minus-5 in Phoenix) and his small number of games played.
The big movers this week include Tyler Sloan
, who saw the first action of his NHL career and was a team-best plus-13 last night
(which hardly makes up for that bad clear in the 'Yotes game), Flash, Clark and Michael Nylander
on the plus side, and Donald Brashear
, Fehr, Fedorov and Nicklas Backstrom
on the negative side. Some of these swings, on both sides, of course, can be attributed to unsustainably high or low early season numbers levelling out a bit (see Fedorov).
In terms of raw numbers, Nylander lead the team this week (at plus-24), and was on of four Caps to have a positive rating in each of the three games (Fedorov, Mike Green
and Clark were the others; Fleischmann was positive in two games and even in one). Fleischmann, Clark, Green and Sloan round out the top five for the week. On the other side of the ledger, Gordon was minus-ten on the week, and Brashear, Backstrom, Fehr and David Steckel
were all in the minus-five to minus-seven range.
In case you're wondering, Alex Ovechkin
was plus-one for the week (2, -2, 1), which, for a guy who was averaging plus-eight per game coming into the week, is obviously not getting it done. Hopefully, getting Viktor Kozlov
back will help.
How do these numbers mesh with what you've been seeing on the ice at even strength? Is the Fleischmann-Nylander-Clark line (by far the team's best in terms of Corsi Rating last night) a combo that you see sticking going forward? Is Shaone Morrisonn
the most over-rated player on the team? Could Tyler Sloan be an NHL defenseman (at least in as much as Milan Jurcina
or John Erskine
are)? [My answers, for what it's worth, would be Yes, Maybe and No.] Does anything else jump out at you?