Capitals Insider: Statistical analysis
Both Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby have to be the frontrunners of the MVP conversation, but here's another name for your consideration: Anze Kopitar of the L.A. Kings.
The NHL doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to embracing statistical analysis. But times may be changing.
No one in the league has directed more rubber on net within 10 seconds after a faceoff than Alex Ovechkin.
The newly-formed defensive pairing has quickly become the best in the NHL.
The performance of teammates makes the metric an unreliable barometer of individual performance.
Despite exceeding expectations at every level she has played, Rockville's Haley Skarupa was still left off the 2014 Olympic squad headed to Sochi in favor of more seasoned veterans.
The Capitals have surrendered 1.76 shots against each time they have been shorthanded this season. Only four teams have allowed more.
It is going to take more than a ton of minutes to win the NHL's top defenseman award.
If the coaches have changed and the systems have changed but the results haven't improved, what is left to tinker with?
While the Blues and Capitals top the leaderboard, the San Jose Sharks, currently eighth in efficiency (21.1 percent), have the league’s best and most potent power play.