Looking for defensive deficiency
I pulled a stat from Behind The Net with regards to Alex Ovechkin's defensive play a few days ago, and it was something that quite a few Capitals sources around the 'net picked up on.
Essentially, at even strength, Washington is far better off in terms of goals allowed with Ovechkin off the ice than on it — so much so that the team's goals-against average drops from 4.03 to 2.59.
It's a pretty big dip, but the biggest?
Here's a look at the leaders in that stat, among players who have skated in at least 15 per cent of their teams' even strength minutes:
|On-Ice||Off-Ice|| || || |
|Rk ||Name||Team|| ||GP||GA||GA|| |
It should be noted, however, that a few of these players are just as responsible for creating more offence than their teammates. Ovechkin, Lecavalier and Tanguay are all in the Top 25 players in the league in terms of improved goals for when they're on the ice as opposed to off.
Still, others here like Zherdev, Morrison, Meszaros, Nummelin, Calder, Mayers and Aucoin are at the bottom of both categories — bringing up the goals against average and down the goals for average when they take the ice.
And that's not a good place to be.
(On the flip side of the figures on the above chart, the top players in terms of improving their team's goals-against average when they take the ice are: Alex Perezhogin, Nikita Alexeev, Boyd Gordon, Scott Nichol, Tom Preissing, Peter Forsberg, Chuck Kobasew, Carlo Colaiacovo, Georges Laraque and Patrick Thoresen.)