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It's obvious, Ovechkin can't or won't play defense.



Ok, not really.

I was looking at the NHL stats page, just wondering where Backstrom ranked in points after his 4 point night.  For those that are curious, tied for 7th in the league.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/app?component=completePointLeadersList&page=statshome&service=direct

Anyway, while I was scanning the chart, there was a number that jumped out at me.  The number 11.  The number that is 37.5% better than the next best number in this column, 8.  And yeah, I know that +/- is the worst stat in hockey.  Regardless, when Ovechkin is on the ice, excluding the PP, the Caps score more goals than the opposition at a 37.5% better rate than any of the other top 13 (after a quick check, actually better than the entire first page of 30) goal scorers.  And compared to some of the others, it's a much better rate than that (of course, that is where +/- becomes a weak stat, you can't compare Nash at Columbus to the high flying Caps). 

Maybe it's just me, but I feel like there actually might be a little defensive responsibility being executed by our top line.  Either that, or offense really is the best defense in this instance, and they are just flat out outscoring everyone handily.

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Player Team Pos GP G A P +/- ESP SHP PPP HmP RdP DvP ODvP P/G
1 Anze Kopitar LAK C 12 10 11 21 4 11 0 10 13 8 12 9 1.75
2 Alex Ovechkin WSH L 11 11 8 19 11 14 0 5 11 8 0 19 1.73
3 Marian Gaborik NYR R 12 10 8 18 6 12 0 6 10 8 3 15 1.50
4 Joe Thornton SJS C 12 3 14 17 -2 7 0 10 5 12 5 12 1.42
5 Patrick Marleau SJS C 12 9 7 16 2 9 1 6 3 13 1 15 1.33
6 Vinny Prospal NYR C 12 4 12 16 8 9 0 7 11 5 3 13 1.33
7 Dustin Penner EDM R 12 8 7 15 8 11 0 4 10 5 5 10 1.25
8 Dany Heatley SJS L 12 8 7 15 -1 7 0 8 5 10 5 10 1.25
9 Ryan Smyth LAK L 12 6 9 15 3 7 0 8 7 8 8 7 1.25
10 Rick Nash CBJ R 10 6 9 15 -2 10 2 3 3 12 0 15 1.50
11 Henrik Sedin VAN C 12 6 9 15 3 8 0 7 12 3 5 10 1.25
12 Nicklas Backstrom WSH C 11 3 12 15 6 9 0 6 9 6 0 15 1.36
13 Rene Bourque CGY L 10 5 9 14 -1 9 1 4 8 6 9 5 1.40
14 Alexander Semin WSH L 9 7 6 13 3 8 0 5 9 4 0 13 1.44
15 Evgeni Malkin PIT C 11 4 9 13 0 5 1 7 5 8 4 9 1.18
16 Brad Richards DAL C 9 3 10 13 5 9 0 4 4 9 2 11 1.44
17 Martin St Louis TBL R 9 3 10 13 -2 7 0 6 8 5 7 6 1.44
18 Wojtek Wolski COL L 12 7 5 12 8 9 0 3 6 6 5 7 1.00
19 James Neal DAL L 11 6 6 12 5 8 1 3 5 7 4 8 1.09
20 Zach Parise NJD L 9 6 6 12 6 9 0 3 4 8 6 6 1.33
21 Ales Kotalik NYR R 12 5 7 12 -3 3 0 9 8 4 4 8 1.00
22 Michael Cammalleri MTL L 11 5 7 12 4 9 0 3 8 4 3 9 1.09
23 Michael Del Zotto NYR D 12 4 8 12 4 4 0 8 7 5 2 10 1.00
24 Paul Stastny COL C 12 4 8 12 7 8 0 4 8 4 4 8 1.00
25 Dustin Brown LAK L 12 4 8 12 0 6 0 6 6 6 8 4 1.00
26 Daniel Alfredsson OTT R 9 4 8 12 0 6 3 3 8 4 4 8 1.33
27 Ales Hemsky EDM R 11 2 10 12 2 7 0 5 8 4 3 9 1.09
28 Dan Boyle SJS D 12 2 10 12 1 5 0 7 4 8 1 11 1.00
29 Steven Stamkos TBL C 9 7 4 11 1 6 0 5 7 4 4 7 1.22
30 Mike Richards PHI C 10 6 5 11 -3 4 0 7 8 3 3 8 1.10

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