Caps Stats Leaders: Ovechkin dominating the leaderboard

Updated: December 11, 2013

Time to take a look at NHL stats and the Washington Capitals.

First, Alexander Ovechkin is dominating the NHL stat leaders.  He is arguably having one of his finest seasons.  Last night he did nothing more than score 4 goals and rescue the Caps from a three goal deficit and from crappy first period play by Mike Green.  Green committed four penalties in the first twelve minutes of the game, leading to two of Tampa Bay’s three first period goals.  Mr. Green, you owe the Great 8 a huge thanks for rescuing your poor play.

Ovechkin’s four goal night was the third of his career, the other two occurring 2008 and 2007.  His four goal night gave him 26 goals on the season, giving him a 6 goal lead over Alexander Steen in the NHL leaders.  Two of Ovechkin’s four goals came on the power play, giving him 11 man advantage goals on the season, and of course the NHL lead in that category as well.  Ovechkin also surpassed Peter Bondra’s franchise record (138) in power play goals, now with 139.  Ovechkin has amazingly scored 48 goals over his last 52 games.

Green’s disastrous first period moved him into the NHL leaders in penalty minutes.  Not something the Caps wish to have.    Greenie’s first period play was so awful that Ovi’s fiancee, tennis star Maria Kirilenko, let Green have it on Twitter.   It was the most penalty minutes by a Caps defenseman in one game since 2006, previously held by Bryan Muir.

Is Mike Green going for the record tonight??? hellooooooooo

— Maria Kirilenko (@mkirilenko) December 11, 2013

Is Green playing poorly enough to land a health scratch?  We doubt Adam Oates will go that far.

On to the NHL Leaders:

Points:  Alexander Ovechkin is 6th overall in the NHL with 35 points and trailed by fellow first liner Nicklas Backstrom, who is 9th with 32 points.  Backstrom had an impressive five point game last night (1G, 4A).

Goals:  The Great 8 is the overall leader with 26 goals, holding a 6 goal advantage over Alexander Steen.

Power Play Goals:  The new franchise leader, Great 8, also leads the NHL with 11.

Game Winning Goals:  Ovi is 6th in the NHL with 4 game winners.

Over Time Goals:  Ovi is leading the NHL with 4 overtime tallies.

Even Strength Goals:  Ovechkin is second overall in the NHL with 15 goals.

Assists:  The assist machine, Nicklas Backstrom, moved to fifth in the NHL with 25, after adding four last night.  Mikhail Garbovski is 27th in the NHL with 17.  Is it time to consider a contract extension for Grabovski?  The Caps have to be extremely pleased with the decision to allow Mike Ribeiro to walk and inking Grabo in exchange.   Grabovski signed a one-year deal in the off-season.

Power Play Assists:  Nicklas Backstrom leads the NHL with 15 helpers on the man advantage and Ovechkin is 12th in the NHL with 9.

Shots on Goal:  Ovi leads the NHL with 158 shots on net.

Hits:  Troy Brouwer is 18th in the NHL with 90 hits.  Ovechkin is 24th overall with 84 hits.

Blocks:  Defenseman John Carlson is 14th in the NHL with 64 blocked shots.

Total Time on Ice Per Game:  John Carlson is the heavy skater in DC,m putting up an average of 24:31 minutes on ice per game.  That is 19th in the NHL.

Shooting Percentage:  Mikhail Grabovski is 27th in the NHL with a 21.4 shooting percentage.

Penalty Minutes:  Rookie Tom Wilson is 17th in the NHL with 58 PIMs.  Welcome Mike Green to the NHL leaders.  He is now 29th in the NHL with 46 penalty minutes.

Here is a look at a few team stats leaders:

Caps are 7th in the NHL in goals per game with 2.94, but 22nd in the NHL with goals against, averaging the allowance of 2.84 per game.  The Caps sit 12th in the NHL with 30.4 shots per game, but are 29th in the NHL in allowing 35.1 shots per game.  Caps have defensively struggled in minimizing shots on net this season.

By period, the Caps are 18th in the NHL in first period goals, 4th in second period goals, and 19th in third period goals.  On the other hand, the Caps are 25th in allowing first period goals, 10th in allowing second period goals, and 19th in allowing third period goals.

The Capitals are 9-2 in OT/Shootuouts and 5-0 in the Shootouts, including last night’s shootout win over Tampa Bay.

Finally, on special teams, the Caps have the third best power play in the NHL with a 243.4 conversion percentage and are 14th in the NHL on the penalty kill, with a 82.6 kill percentage.

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