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Caps' PP struggled, but didn't see much ice time

Sunday, 10.02.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Caps' PP struggled, but didn't see much ice time
The Capitals' powerplay was middling without a lot of chances, though the penalty kill was crucial to their success in 2010-11.
Advantage Margin: -36
For a team with the firepower the Caps possess, to draw only 263 power-play chances (28th in the League) almost is inconceivable. Washington earned a League-low 118 chances away from Verizon Center.

Special Teams Goal Margin: +5
The power play clicked at a middling 17.5 percent (16th in the League), but the penalty-killers did a terrific job, finishing second in the NHL at 85.6 percent and scoring seven times while shorthanded.

Goals by defensemen: 28
Injuries that limited Mike Green to 49 games and 8 goals took a big toll, though rookie John Carlson showed he has a bright future by scoring 7 goals.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 107 (1st East/2nd NHL)
Change from 2009-10 -14
Home Points 58 (1st East/2nd NHL)
Road Points 49 (6th East/10th NHL)
Overtime Record
Total: 14-5-6 OT: 9-5 SO: 5-6
The Caps did a good job of sending their fans home happy in overtime -- they were 7-2 in overtime games at Verizon Center. Shootouts were another story, though, as they were 2-6 at home, but 3-0 on the road.

Times Scored First: 35
Record: 25-4-6
The Caps performed a near-miracle by finishing first in the East and second in the League despite allowing the opposition to score first in 47 of 82 games. They led the NHL with 23 wins and a .489 winning percentage when surrendering the first goal.

Best 2010-11 Number: 191
Non-shootout goals allowed by the Capitals, the fewest in franchise history for a full season. They allowed 94 in 41 home games and just 97 in their 41 games away from Verizon Center.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 32
Goals scored by Alex Ovechkin, the fewest in his six NHL seasons. Before 2010-11, Ovechkin never had scored fewer than 46 goals. His 85 points also were a career low.
    
Scheduling
Washington starts the season with four of five and five of seven at home. There's only one homestand and one road trip as long as five games, and both come in March.
Quote of the Day

We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff