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The boxscore from Saturday night's game against the 'Canes shows the following selected faceoff stats: 

Caps:

Backstrom:  12 wins / 9 losses

Gordon:         5 wins / 6 losses

Steckel:       10 wins / 3 losses

Canes:

Staal:            14 wins / 14 losses

Cullen:         10 wins / 8 losses

Brindamour: 6 wins / 10 losses

I don't know which game the official scorer was watching, because the Canes absolutely owned the Caps in the faceoff dot all night. The notion that Backstrom was 12 for 21 on the night, while Brindamour was 6 for 16 is ludicrous. I can only recall Brindamour losing one faceoff all night, and that was to Steckel. 

I know the Caps were missing their best offensive faceoff guy in Fedorov, but tonight's game was ridiculous. The Caps' inability to win a faceoff continually gave the Canes puck possession and offensive opportunities. This doesn't bode well for the playoffs.

On the topic of Backstrom, I honestly don't know why he just doesn't turn his hand over and take faceoffs backhanded. I can think of very few of the top faceoff men in the NHL who take them overhanded. The only thing I can think of is that he is worried that an opponent will take advantage of his relative lack of upper-body strength and pin his stick to the ice. 

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