Struggling defense: Capitals suffering too many goals in the first month

After one month of the 2018-19 regular season, the numbers demonstrate that the Washington Capitals have been allowing too many goals until here. The Capitals are ranking some bitter goals against average positions.

The first game was a big party, with a 7-0 home-opener victory over the Bruins. The second game, against the Penguins in PA, a 7-6 OT loss. In 10 games during the first month, only on two occasions did the Capitals lose by less than three goals, except the aforesaid 7-0 victory over the Bruins: the matching 5-2 score wins over the Golden Knights and Canucks.

The beginning of a new month hasn’t shown a change in scoring for Washington. Ending the road trip in Canada, the Capitals faced the Canadiens, losing by 6-4; allowing goals 5 and 6 in the short space of two seconds. Coming back home, in the first of a 5-game homestead, the hope of a victory before the fans fell up short by a 4-3 OT loss. The Stars’ triumph had been drawn yet in the first period, when they scored two goals in 10 seconds (an improvement compared to the Canadiens’ two seconds goal?!).

In three occasions, the Capitals have allowed six goals – being defeated in all of those matches- including the shutout loss to the Devils. Currently, the Caps are allowing slightly more goals than they are scoring goals,with 46 goals for and 47 goals against. Analysing the scoreboards, the good news is that the Caps have a certain power of reaction. The Caps rank ninth in goals for, which is good, but when it comes to allowing too many goals, they rank ninth in goals against average. In 12 matches of this regular season, the Caps have almost four (3,9) goals against average per game.

About the homestead, the Capitals are 3-1-2 while playing home, against the 2-3-1while playing away. Last season, playing away wasn’t exactly an adversity, since the Capitals had clinched every series, including the Stanley Cup, away from home. These numbers show us also that in addition to the goals against, the Capitals have more losses than wins. They have five wins, four regular losses and three OT/SO losses, totalizing seven losses, two more than the number of wins.

The next and second game of the five-game homestead is tomorrow, hosting the same Edmonton Oilers who defeated the Caps by 4-1almost two weeks ago. Let’s hope that the homestead gives us some improvement!

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