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Advantage Margin: -3  
         

The Caps had sizeable differentials at home and on the road; they enjoyed 21 more power plays than the opposition at Verizon Center, but allowed 24 more than they earned on the road.

Even-Strength Goals Margin: +17

The Caps made a huge gain from 2006-07, when they were minus-24 at even strength. Alex Ovechkin had 43 of his 65 goals with the teams playing even.
   
Special Teams Goal Margin: -6   

It’s hard to believe that a team with the NHL’s top goal-scorer (Ovechkin) and top-scoring defenseman (Mike Green) couldn’t manage more than 65 power-play goals. Ovechkin had 22 and Green had 8; the rest of the team managed just 30.

Goals by defensemen:  33           

Green blossomed into the NHL’s most-prolific goal-scoring defenseman, but no other Washington defender had more than five goals. Newcomer Tom Poti, relied on for his offensive skills, scored just twice.

Overtime Record         Total: 11-4-4  |  OT: 7-4  |  SO: 4-4

WASHINGTON CAPITALS
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 94
(3rd east/12th NHL)
Change from 2006-07 +24
Home Points 49
(6th east/13th NHL)
Away Points 45
(7th east/11th NHL)

The Caps were markedly improved in shootouts; splitting eight after going 1-11 in 2006-07. Green had three OT winners, including two against the New York Rangers.
   
Times Scored First 43        Record 30-11-2 (.698)

The Caps’ winning percentage when scoring first was strictly in the middle of the pack. But it was a big improvement from 2006-07, when they won only 56.8 percent of the time when getting the first goal.

Best 07-08 Number 163

Ovechkin’s total goals in his first three NHL seasons were third all-time, trailing only Wayne Gretzky (198) and Mike Bossy (173) — both of whom played in an era when goals were much more plentiful.

Worst 07-08 Number 26

Goals by Alexander Semin, whose total was second on the Caps to Ovechkin’s 65 last season. Ovechkin scored a League-leading 27.3 percent of his team’s goals; Washington has to get more offense from everyone who doesn’t wear No. 8 on his jersey.
   
Scheduling

Washington has two Western trips before Thanksgiving. Its best chance to make hay comes from mid-February through early March, when they play nine of 10 at home. But the Caps have a tough ending: They play their last three games on the road, all against division opponents.

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