The Noon Number

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers stops Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

8 - Alex Ovechkin's hit differential through three games, which leads the team. A breakdown of how many times each Cap skater has hit and been hit (officially, at least) so far:


Player Hits Times Hit Δ
Alex Ovechkin 17 9 8
Jason Chimera 13 6 7
Jason Arnott 6 0 6
John Erskine 9 6 3
Marco Sturm 3 0 3
Scott Hannan 5 3 2
John Carlson 8 6 2
Matt Bradley 4 3 1
Mike Knuble 5 4 1
Marcus Johansson 5 5 0
Karl Alzner 3 5 -2
Alexander Semin 1 4 -3
Jeff Schultz 6 9 -3
Boyd Gordon 0 4 -4
Matt Hendricks 6 11 -5
Nicklas Backstrom 3 11 -8
Brooks Laich 3 12 -9
Mike Green 2 12 -10
Total 99 110 -11

(In case you were wondering, 66 hits were recorded in Game 1, 73 in Game 2, and 70 in Game 3. All data via NHL's Play By Play sheets: Game 1, Game 2, Game 3.)

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