In Friday’s paper (and here) I attempted to explain the Capitals’ increase in penalties over the past six games, with players and coach Bruce Boudreau telling how it affects the team game beyond just having to kill a penalty.
Here are some further numbers to dig deeper into the trend:
Penalties by type
The Caps have committed 29 minor penalties beginning in Edmonton on Oct. 27 and continuing through Tuesday.
“We don’t mind initiating and dictating, we just don’t want to retaliate,” Boudreau said. “Sometimes we take those penalties that are not the smartest ones in the offensive zones. I just had a discussion with somebody, a meeting with one of the players that does that. It’s about moving your legs and not getting lazy.”
Here’s the breakdown by penalty type:
Puck over glass delay of game: 3
Goaltender interference: 2
Tripping (by goaltender): 1
Closing hand on puck: 1
Holding the stick: 1
Killing me softly
Mike Knuble was not the least bit happy after Tuesday’s loss, and one of his points was about continual trips to the box that lead to goals.
“If you’re not killing penalties, then you can’t be taking penalties,” he said. “Why are you testing fate?”
Because it’s fun? OK, it’s not so fun. Here’s a look at the success rate on the penalty kill (this is kill rate not opponents’ success) from the past six games:
Kill success rate
19-for-25 (76 percent)
Now, if that piqued your interest, check out the print story here, as the Caps discuss the problem.