The Capitals have been getting some offence from the back end this season with John Carlson registering 45 points which sits him in 3rd overall for DMan scoring in the league. However there is a significant drop off past Carlson when you consider Orlov’s 20 points put him 2nd on the Caps defensman but 56th overall for blue line scoring.
Between Carlson and Orlov, the Caps top two Dmen in scoring, they’ve received 65 points with 18 goals between the two of them. When they visit Minnesota tonight they will have to worry about a formidable pair on the Wild’s offensive attack also from the blue line in Ryan Suter and underrated and maybe undersized Matt Dumba. The two have combined for similar numbers as the Caps top two with 16 goals and 66 points respectively and both sit in the top 20 NHL Defense scoring.
He was drafted 7th overall in the ’12 NHL entry draft out of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebel earning rookie of the year status in ’10-’11 for the league. He’s also represented Canada at the ’13-’14 World Jr. and the ’16 World Championships.
Boasting a cannon from the point is’s a little surprising to note that Dumba has not scored on the PP this year as his 7 points with the man advantage have been helpers. Dumba currently sits 5th in team goals and 5th in team scoring for the Wild. The Caps know better as Dumba has rocketed a few in his day vs Holtby already. He has excellent speed, offensive awareness and surprisingly can play quite physical when you consider he is about league average 6′ 185 pounds. Caps will have to keep their heads up as he is not afraid to lay a big hit at any point.
He is susceptible to the odd mental lapse, but pairing with veteran Suter has helped him progress nicely and he’s currently on the plus side of the ledger as a plus 6 player this year. Registering only 1 goal in his last 10 games he has managed to still chip in with 6 assists in that time. Look for him to try and get himself on the score sheet tonight.
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