Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/13/11 at 07:23 PM ET
from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
Through 15 games, Ovechkin has seven goals, seven assists and is a minus-1. That projects to 38 goals and 38 assists for 76 points, which are respectable numbers for most players not named Ovechkin.
“He’s frustrated,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “You can see the frustration on his face. He wants to score so badly. He’s scored seven on the road and none at home. I’m sure he’d prefer to score a few at home in front of the 18,000 people who come and adore him every night. It’s not for lack of trying.
“So, what do you do? You usually take your frustration out on something and he hits. It’s a talent that he has and it’s one of the things that makes him who he is. He’s a scorer, but he’s also a power forward who is physical. There aren’t too many guys who have that rare combination. He’s had some good looks and some good shots.”
So why the drop in production? The biggest indicator is the dramatic drop in shots and rise attempts that don’t reach the net.
Ovechkin is tied for 38th in the NHL with 50 shots. It’s a category in which he has led the NHL in each of his previous six seasons.
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