A Mixed Bag on Special Teams

Over the past ten games, the Caps' special teams have been a bit of a mixed bag. The power play - sans Alex Ovechkin for six-plus of those ten games - has clicked at an eye-popping 35.3% success rate, thanks in part to Brendan Morrison's play at the point and to Mike Green being Mike Green.

But as good as the Caps have been with the extra man, they've been nearly as bad down one. How bad? Try a 69.7% kill rate over the past ten games, a mark that leaves the Caps in the bottom third of the League for the season in that metric (obviously not good for a team with occasional discipline issues, to put it generously). Granted, they've been excellent overall in limiting the number of penalties they've had to kill, but a manageable 3.4 shorthanded situations per game over that stretch is only really manageable when around four out of every five are being successfully killed - hence the 6-4 (6-2-2) record.

A few thoughts on the penalty kill:

The Caps have been winning despite a struggling penalty kill and may well continue to do so. But a couple of tweaks, a little health and a bit of luck and the unit could be humming again. If and when that happens... look out, League.

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