April 5, 2020

Washington Capitals Power Rankings Week 6

Two losses in three games, (St Louis was rough), but Ovechkin and Johansson are scoring a bit and Backstrom wants all the assists. Brooks Laich is still out, but Tom Wilson only missed one game with whatever it was he had (at least it’s not the mumps).

Rank Player The whatfor
1 Nicklas Backstrom Two points in three games for Backstrom. The 2 assists came against CBJ on 11/11, which the Capitals won 4-2.
2 Marcus Johansson Johansson continues to improve. He logged 2 goals in the Caps win against CBJ, and his 8 goals on the season are on par with Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward who both have 8 goals apiece as well. .
3 Joel Ward Ward scored his 8th goal of the season in the Caps’ 4-1 loss in St. Louis, tying him with Ovechkin and Johansson, who also have 8 goals apiece.
4 Troy Brouwer Brouwer has 1 point in the Caps last three games, an assist in the win vs. CBJ.
5 Mike Green He stands at 12th in points for NHL defensemen, and has two assists in his last three games. He’s been a consistently positive possession player for the Caps this season.
6 Alex Ovechkin He’s tied for the Caps points lead with Backstrom, and scored 2 goals in the win vs. CBJ.
7 John Carlson Carlson doesn’t have a point in his last three games, and it doesn’t look like he’s seeing a lot of PP time, but he’s taking the brunt of ice time for Caps defensemen (he played 24:51 in St. Louis).
8 Matt Niskanen He hasn’t collected a point is 5 games, but his steadying presence on the blue line should not go unnoticed.
9 Eric Fehr Tom Wilson’s return bumped him back to the third line, and since Joel Ward is the only member of “Gang Green” to see any significant PP time, there’s not been a real opportunity for Fehr to add to his totals.
10 Andre Burakovsky The rookie has 12 points on the season, and collected an assist on each of Johansson’s goals vs. CBJ. He’s tied for 2nd in points by NHL rookies.
11 Braden Holtby Two wins in his last three starts with a SV of .909. That number will likely improve. His puck-handling gaffe against the Devils cost the team the win, however.
12 Karl Alzner Nothing remarkable this week, but Alzer continues to work hard and fly under the radar, as always.
13 Evgeny Kuznetsov He’s been held scoreless in his last 5 games, and still sits with 6 points on the season.
14 Brooks Orpik Orpik is wrangling heavy minutes and heavy hits, but the hits should be taken with a grain of salt. Hitting that much means you don’t have the puck very much.
15 Nate Schmidt He’s collected two assists in his last three games after going scoreless for 14 games to start the season.
16 Jason Chimera Chimera isn’t having a great start to the season as far as goals or points. Only 2 points in 16 games.
17 Tom Wilson Wilson missed one game as a precaution on 11/11. Trotz called him the “best player” on the ice in the loss in St Louis.
18 Jay Beagle Beagle has seen time on almost every line this season. The coaching staff clearly has a lot of confidence in him, and he’s being rewarded for his hard work.
19 Michael Latta Latta has just one assist in 14 games, and while he isn’t a standout, he does his job well.



Justin Peters


Chris Brown

His only start this week was a loss, and his SV% is a dismal .882.

Since his call up on Nov. 14, Brown hasn’t added any offense, but he’s a good fourth line energy player.

Brooks Laich Yup.
 – John Erskine Sidelined due to neck surgery. Doubtful he’ll crack the lineup any time soon.
 – Aaron Volpatti Still. On. IR.
 – Jack Hillen Scratched this week.
 – Liam O’Brien Healthy scratch for 3 games this week..
 – Dmitry Orlov He’s skating, but not ready to play yet.



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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