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Capitals Black Friday Giveaways (and Takeaways)

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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)?