By Mike StobeDecember 10, 2018 10:24:20The Capitals’ success in the playoffs last season was largely attributed to their excellent play in the offensive zone.
The Caps scored over 1,000 goals in the postseason, and even if the playoffs weren’t the reason the team made it to the conference finals, the postseason did help the team become a more dangerous offensive force.
The Capitals had the league’s best shooting percentage and had the best offensive zone start percentage of any team in the conference.
In addition, the Capitals’ possession numbers are one of the best in the league, and they were second in even strength points.
The main reason the Capitals had success was their defensive zone starts.
The Capitals had an elite defensive zone start of 17.6 percent last season, the third best in their league behind the Penguins (19.8 percent) and Blackhawks (19 percent).
However, the biggest reason they were so good in the defensive zone was their power play.
They were sixth in power play points and seventh in penalty killing time on ice per game, and the Capitals shot better on the power play than the league average, leading the league in both categories.
The other key to the Capitals success was the way they set up their penalty kill.
They allowed the fewest shots on goal per game in the NHL last season and ranked second in the League in shorthanded goals allowed per game.
In fact, the number of shorthanded shorthanded shots per game last season ranked sixth in the entire League, behind only the Blackhawks.
However, the key to being successful in the penalty kill is having an effective power play and generating scoring chances with a strong defensive zone and penalty kill unit.
That’s why the Capitals scored a league-best 1,093 goals last season in the final third of the ice time, and their penalty killing rate was among the top five in the NFL.
The Caps power play was one of only two teams in the Eastern Conference that finished in the top half of the League’s power play efficiency rankings.
The other was the Carolina Hurricanes, who finished sixth in that category.
In the first half of this season, Washington had the most power play chances per game of any playoff team.
Washington scored the second-most power play goals per game and was seventh in the NBA in power plays per game with 10.4.
The power play in general was a major factor in the Capitals playoff success last season.
They finished second in points per power play goal and ninth in shots on power play, both of which were higher than any other playoff team in 2017.
The defense was a key to Washington’s success last year.
In the postseason last season the Capitals defense finished fourth in the Metropolitan Division and tied for third in the Western Conference.
The key to playing defense is not just scoring, but also preventing shots.
Washington ranked seventh in NHL defensemen in Corsi Against per 60 minutes, seventh in shots against per 60, and sixth in goals against per game (minus-10.3).
It was the best defense in the National Hockey League last season at even strength, and it was even better in games where Washington scored more than 10 goals.
Washington finished seventh in goals allowed (21.4) and ninth overall in shots allowed per 60 (11.5).
The Capitals defense is also a key component of Washington’s offensive success last winter.
They ranked second on the team in power-play goals and tied with the Penguins for fourth in power numbers at 19.8.
The defense in general ranked sixth overall in NHL scoring with 26.2 points per game on the season.
The only team to finish ahead of Washington in scoring last season were the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Hawks scored more goals per 60 than Washington and finished second overall in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Washington finished third in NHL power play percentage and sixth overall on the year, ranking them second in NHL goal differential (5.5) and third in overall power play offense (7.3) last season after ranking second and third last year and first and second in both areas last season (the Hawks also ranked first and third this season).
Washington has been an elite power play team this season and has scored more power play-related goals than any team since the 2013-14 season.
In 2016-17, Washington ranked third in powerplay goals per season and third overall in goals scored per power-point.
The season before that, the Caps ranked second, third, and fourth.
The team has had a lot of success with the first line of forwards, which is why they were able to score more goals and have more shots on net last season despite the Capitals having an elite defense.
The third line was a weakness last season for Washington.
The team struggled with their penalty kills last season due to a combination of bad penalty kill decisions and poor shooting percentage.
But they were a key part of the Capitals winning the