Capitals Black Friday Giveaways (and Takeaways)

As we've discussed before, giveaways and takeaways are notoriously among the most subjective (and thus inconsistent) stats kept by the NHL. The Caps, for example, supposedly have a 1.07 takeaway-to-giveaway ratio on the road, and a 0.84 ratio at home (thanks, in part, to a per-game giveaway rate that's nearly 75% higher at home). Yeah, I'm not really buying that either.

That said, among players on the same team - playing in front of the same scorekeepers on a nightly basis - there can be some value in looking at these puck possession stats as a measure of what each player is doing relative to his teammates. With that in mind, here's a look at the giveaway and takeaway numbers for each skater who has suited up for the Caps this season (data via NHL.com; click on column header to sort that column):


Player GP TOI TkA GvA TkA/Min GvA/Min (TkA-GvA)/Min
Alexander Semin 23 428.15 29 15 0.068 0.035 0.033
Nicklas Backstrom 23 463.55 29 16 0.063 0.035 0.028
Mike Knuble 20 340.95 12 4 0.035 0.012 0.023
Boyd Gordon 14 181.67 4 0 0.022 0.000 0.022
Matt Hendricks 22 250.25 5 0 0.020 0.000 0.020
David Steckel 20 235.87 5 1 0.021 0.004 0.017
Jason Chimera 23 314.28 12 8 0.038 0.025 0.013
Eric Fehr 22 284.32 6 3 0.021 0.011 0.011
Tomas Fleischmann 22 316.57 10 8 0.032 0.025 0.006
Matt Bradley 18 179.72 3 2 0.017 0.011 0.006
Marcus Johansson 13 163.27 6 6 0.037 0.037 0.000
Brian Fahey 4 41.72 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jay Beagle 1 6.62 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000
Brooks Laich 23 411.55 10 11 0.024 0.027 -0.002
Alex Ovechkin 23 493.87 18 21 0.036 0.043 -0.006
Tom Poti 6 124.17 2 3 0.016 0.024 -0.008
John Erskine 23 356.70 5 11 0.014 0.031 -0.017
Karl Alzner 23 433.07 4 13 0.009 0.030 -0.021
Mike Green 19 484.97 10 21 0.021 0.043 -0.023
John Carlson 23 510.38 15 28 0.029 0.055 -0.025
Jeff Schultz 23 507.35 4 17 0.008 0.034 -0.026
Tyler Sloan 17 208.07 5 11 0.024 0.053 -0.029
D.J. King 6 33.33 1 2 0.030 0.060 -0.030
Mathieu Perreault 3 34.00 1 3 0.029 0.088 -0.059

So what jumps out at you (other than the need for the NHL to get better at its stat-keeping)?

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