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from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
“We were outshot and outchanced last year and that hasn’t been the case at all this year,” Trotz said. “But we’re not producing more goals at this point. We can have a little more of an interior presence.”
The real positive difference this season has been where many believe it matters most -- shots allowed and goals against.
Last season the Caps allowed an average of 33.5 shots per game, which ranked 27th in the NHL, and 2.79 goals against, which ranked 21st. This season they’re allowing 27.2 shots, which ranks fourth in the league, and 2.62 goals, which ranks 15th.
“If you look analytically, we’re much better,” Trotz said. “But we need more goals 5-on-5. That’s the process. You fix one thing and something else goes. You fix another thing and something else goes. You’re always chasing that, no matter what team you have.”
Perhaps the best judges of the progress made under Trotz are the players themselves. Jay Beagle, who has been with the Capitals through four coaching changes the past four years, says the change has been more significant than the standings may reflect.
Final score, New Jersey defeats Washingotn 1-0.
“I think we’re better when we play that interior game. You put teams on notice that you’re hard to play against. Sometimes we’ve just got to paint the barn [because] sometimes we want to paint a Picasso.”
-Barry Trotz, head coach of the Washington Capitals. More from Trotz by Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.
"Every team is getting better and tightening up. They get up to play us, we're on TV and we're in the playoffs a lot. We have to understand -- and it's not something new -- that teams are ready to play against us and I think that showed the first part of this season.
"As a group, we can all do better."
-Duncan Keith fo the Chicago Blackhawks after losing to the Washington Capials last night. Read more on the Blackhawks from Mike Spellman of the Chicago Daily-Herald.
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
As the Washington Capitals unpacked their fifth straight defeat, encouraged by stronger puck possession yet hounded by the bounces that again cost them at home Tuesday night against Calgary, Coach Barry Trotz addressed the disconnect between dominating shot differential metrics and the losses that, since Oct. 25, have followed.
“The only thing that really matters in the game, in pro hockey, are the numbers on the scoreboard, and we’re not winning those,” Trotz said. “But the numbers tell you that if you have the puck more … It’s not rocket science. But it is mathematical odds. And if you go by the mathematical odds, if we’re doing all those things better, then we should have better results.”
“I don’t know if it’s staying with the game plan or whatever, but you’re in a battle. You can’t just say, ‘Okay I’m going to stop battling.’ We had a good first period or whatever. The other team’s coming out. Sometimes I get the feeling we want to play as hard as we just need to. That’s not how I operate. That’s not how you win in this league.”
-Barry Trotz, Washington Capitals head coach after losing to Arizona 6-5. More on the game from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider.
Here is an Orpik hit from last night...
from Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post,
Before the Washington Capitals hired Barry Trotz as coach this May, the outside noise surrounding Mike Green had reached him in Nashville. A disappointing 2013-14 season created questions that blared like sirens across the league:
Should Washington trade its highest-paid defenseman, with one year left on his contract? How about exercising a compliance buyout? Would he even be around long enough — or play well enough — to negotiate an extension?
“You shouldn’t assume things,” Trotz said after practice Friday morning. “What you hear and what you think are you hear are two different things.”
During Washington’s recent trip to western Canada, Green quietly ignited a scorching start. His seven even-strength points lead all NHL defensemen, despite missing the season-opener. His even-strength shot differential — Corsi-for percentage, it’s called — ranks sixth. He regained the confidence and form some worried had been lost.
Detroit/Washington, not only was the goal waived off, but Luke Glendening received 2 minutes for interference...
Then in the Nashville/Edmonton game...
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