January 30, 2023

The Washington Capitals lost their second game of this three-game Western Conference road trip. The Caps will come home with just two points from a shutout win over the Arizona Coyotes after losing 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

And Tom Wilson got hurt again. Great.

  • I really had a feeling the Capitals would find a way to win this one. Nothing seems to be going well for the boys at the moment. They either outplay their opponents and narrowly lose, or throw a stinker and lose that way too. Eventually the jumps will come back if they keep playing like they did in this game. They passed a very good Avs team on road 38-26 and held a plus 8 peak risk odds differential.
  • Darcy Kumper made 23 stops on 26 shots on his return to Denver for the first time since cup celebrations. MoneyPuck says he should have saved a full goal more than he did (.99) and that was the difference that game. Alexandar Georgiev at the other end put in a fantastic performance of 36 saves and at least saved the Avs from going into overtime.
  • Alex Ovechkin came on with his 31st goal of the season. Ovi absolutely kills Georgiev since the Bulgarian-born keeper broke into the league. He has nine goals in eight career games against him.
  • The Caps were absolutely dominant Aliaksei Protas on the ice at five-a-side, which has been the case this season no matter who he plays with. With him on the ice in that 12:19 five-on-five, the Caps saw positive differences in shot attempts (+14), scoring chances (+4) and dangerous chances (+5). I said on our discord that I think Protas has been visually better this season than every single “old guy” on the team who isn’t named Alex Ovechkin. I’ll let you determine who the elders I’m talking about are.
  • As I briefly mentioned in the introduction, Tom Wilson played just 9:04 ice time before blocking a shot and leaving the game with a lower body injury. Wilson has three points (2g, 1a) in eight games since returning from offseason knee surgery. Let’s hope this is very quick compared to what he’s had to do for the past six months or so.
  • Caps are now 4-6-1 in January after a very hot 11-2-2 December. They need to find their way back to some of the magic of the Christmas season.

Numbers thanks to Hockey-reference.com and NaturalStatTrick.com.

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