April 5, 2020

Washington Capitals Power Rankings Week 3

To summarize: Mike Green is having The Best Week Ever, and the Caps escaped from western Canada with a 1-2 record. They’re still 4-2-2 on the season, so it’s not as bad as it looks. The Caps looked great in Edmonton, but hockey isn’t fair, so no points there. In Calgary, they worked hard and grabbed a few points. Vancouver is the new San Jose for the Capitals, because they just can’t win there. They looked a bit tired, but three games in 4 nights tends to tire one out.

There are a couple guys that I think are due for a goal or two, so maybe they can get that out of the way this week. The Caps play 3 of their next 4 games at home.

 

Rank Player The whatfor 
1 Mike Green Green leads the team in scoring with 8 points (3g, 5a). Though he was held scoreless during the Caps 3-1 win over the Flames on Saturday, Green already has 3 multi-point performances through 7 games. The only defenseman in the NHL with more points than Green is San Jose’s Brent Burns.
2 Marcus Johansson The Swede has already equaled his even-strength goal total (3) from last season, and it took him 72 fewer games to do it.
3 Andre Burakovsky Burakovsky skated with the second line for most of the three games this week, but was bumped to the third line during Sunday’s game in Vancouver, centering Jason Chimera and Joel Ward. His 2 assists this week are good enough to tie Nicklas Backstrom for a total of 7 points on the season.
4 Braden Holtby He allowed 3 goals in the loss to the Oilers, but finished with a .952 save percentage in the 3-1 win over the Flames. Not a bad week. He sits at .922 SV% through 5 starts this season.
5 Nicklas Backstrom He added a goal in Calgary and an assist in Edmonton. He failed to register even a shot on goal in the loss to the Canucks.
6 Joel Ward One half of the third line “twins,” Ward scored 2 goals in Saturday’s win in Calgary.
7 Brooks Orpik The other Brooks logged 10 hits and an assist in Calgary, and pretty much hit anything that moved in Western Canada.
8 Alex Ovechkin No goals this week for Ovechkin, after 3 games played, and he’s been scoreless since the Caps’ 6-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on 10/16. Oh, and he should probably cut back on the shot-blocking thing.
9 Justin Peters He’s only gotten 3 starts this season, but his performance in the Caps’ loss to the Canucks on Sunday kept the game much closer than it looked.
10 Eric Fehr Though he was momentarily separated from the top line for a bit, Fehr has spent the majority of the season skating with Backstrom and Ovechkin. He’s logged just 2 assists in 8 games. One of those points came while he was reunited with the third line.
11 Evgeny Kuznetsov Kuznetsov is another player who is due to get off the schneide any time now. He briefly centered a line with Johansson and Brouwer on Sunday, and I suspect his lack of production has more to do with his linemates and ice time than anything else.
12 Nate Schmidt This young defenseman hasn’t made an impact on the scoreboard, but he’s logging quite a few minutes with partner Mike Green and is averages 14:26 TOI.
13 Karl Alzner Alzner assisted on Nicklas Backstrom’s 3rd period goal against the Calgary Flames. He took a penalty against Vancouver that led to a flurry of scoring – 3 goals in less than 2 minutes.
14 Troy Brouwer Brouwer hasn’t scored a point since 10/16 against the Devils. He was credited with 4 hits in the 4 games since, but there’s opportunity for him to produce a bit more if he’s skating on the first and second lines as he did this week and getting power play time.
15 Jason Chimera Not an exciting week for Jason Chimera. He’s registered just 2 points in 8 games.
16 John Carlson Carlson scored a power play goal in the loss against Edmonton, but didn’t contribute to the offense on the road trip otherwise.
17 Matt Niskanen One assist this week, and a whole lot of penalty killing.
18 Liam O’Brien Pretty nice week for O’Brien. He scored his first NHL goal in Vancouver, and got punched in the face by Matt Hendricks in Edmonton.
19 Michael Latta Not a remarkable week for the center, other than an assist on Joel Ward’s second goal in Calgary, which was Latta’s first point of the season.
20 Jay Beagle Made his return to the lineup in Edmonton. He had an otherwise uneventful week.
Brooks Laich Still out with an “upper-body” injury, per the team.
 – John Erskine Sidelined due to neck surgery. I’m doubtful he’ll crack the lineup any time soon.
 – Aaron Volpatti IR. Still.
 – Jack Hillen Scratched this week.
 – Tom Wilson His return to Hershey could signal an appearance in a Caps sweater sometime soon.
 – Chris Brown Scratched this week.
 – Dmitry Orlov Yup, still on IR.

 

About Katie Brown

Katie Brown is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Capitals. She resides in Arlington, VA, and developed a love for the sport of hockey as a youngster while watching her brothers play. Katie works at a nonprofit organization by day but the rest of her time is devoted to watching, writing, and talking about hockey and perfecting her mean one-timer. She is co-host of Girls Just Wanna Have Puck podcast. You can follow Katie on Twitter @katie_brown47.

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