Live by the Power Play, Die by the Power Play, Part 2: Revisisted
At the end of October we made a post detailing the relationship (or lack thereof?) between wins and losses and power play success and failure for the Caps through the first month of the season (October). Now that the season is nearing its end, we’ve decide to take a second look at the relationships (if any) between the Caps power play and the team’s win/loss record.
The stats that follow include all regular season games from October 1, 2013 (first game of the season) to April 1, 2014 (most recent game played at the time of this post). At this time the Caps held a record of 34-29-13. All stats used come from the Capitals official website.
Out of the 34 wins collected by the Caps this season, 22 have come when the Caps have scored 1 or more power play goals. This means that 65% of the Caps wins came when they scored at least 1 PPG and 35% of the Caps wins came when they failed to score any PPGs.
Out of the 29 regulation losses suffered by the Caps this season, 18 of those came when they failed to score any power play goals. This means that 62% of the Caps regulation losses came when they scored 0 PPGs and 38% of the Caps regulation loses came when they scored at least 1 PPG.
Out of the 13 overtime losses suffered by the Caps this season, 8 came when the Caps failed to score any power goals. This means that, again, 62% of the Caps overtime losses came when they failed to score a single PPG and 38% of the Caps overtime losses came when they scored at least 1 PPG.
To put it shortly, more than half to the Caps wins come when they score at least 1 PPG in the game, but on the other hand, more than half of the Caps losses, regulation or overtime, come when they fail to score even a single PPG.
So folks, what do you say?
Has Oates caused the team to rely too heavily on PPGs in order to secure wins?
Or maybe is this a hangover effect from Bruce’s “one more goal scored by us is one less goal we have to worry about letting in” mindset?
Maybe you think there’s no real relationship at all?
Just don’t care at all?
Or maybe you’re wondering what we’re all wondering, what is the relationship between bags of Nike stuff bought by Ovechkin and goals scored by Ovechkin?
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