The Noon Number: Even-Strength, Minus the "Strength"

A look at the Capitals' top line... err, "top line"

2 - Number of five-on-five Caps goals for which Alex Ovechkin and Jay Beagle have both been on the ice since Adam Oates took over behind the bench at the beginning of last season, both of which came last year. In those 116 minutes of shared ice time, the Caps have allowed nine goals and have managed to direct just 41.9% of all shots attempted at the opponents' net (i.e. Corsi).

Despite these numbers - and, more notably, that Ovechkin doesn't have an even-strength point in his last dozen games - Beagle is once again expected to line up as Ovechkin's pivot when the Caps face the Kings tonight.

(S/t Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com on the data)

Bonus nugget! As Katie Carrera points out:

Of the nine five-on-five goals the Capitals have scored in the last five games, during which they’ve captured nine out of possible 10 points, only one came from a top-six forward and that was an empty-net goal.

The Caps' top-six was largely dominated in terms of possession out West, with all six forwards posting five-on-five Corsi-For percentages well below break-even, ranging from a low of 36.4% (Troy Brouwer) to a high of 44.6% (Marcus Johansson). As Tyler Dellow tweeted, that's not likely to be a recipe for success:

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