Another benefit since Morrison began manning one of the points: There has been a significant reduction in short-handed scoring chances against.
“I was just trying to do some different things because you knew what the story was going to be - ‘The power play is doing so well, where do you put Alex?’ ” Boudreau said. “So we’re practicing different stuff, and then we’ll figure out what the best situation is for him.”
Last season the combination of Ovechkin and Mike Green on the points for the Caps was devastating for opponents. Ovechkin scored 19 power-play goals, which was second only to Thomas Vanek’s 20, and Green led all defensemen with 18.
This year they have combined for just four, perhaps a result of opponents trying to place more defensive pressure on them (that would also explain the increase in short-handed chances).
Moving Ovechkin up front could alter the way teams have to defend Washington’s power play, and Green in particular could be the guy who benefits the most.
“Mike and [Morrison] right now play well. They control the puck,” Ovechkin said. “It gives us more space, especially Mike and [Morrison] upstairs, but if I have a chance to shoot over there, I might have a better opportunity to score goals.”