#1 – Stay out of the box
It’s plain and simple. When you have the number one power play in the league coming into your building and your team owns the second worst penalty kill, stay out of the penalty box. It is crucial that the Oilers limit the number of chances the Capitals have tonight with the man advantage if they want any chance at winning this game.
The Capitals are scoring on 31.7% of their power plays so far this year, or just about one out of every three chances. No surprise to see Ovechkin’s name at the top of the league for power play goals with 4. But trying to prevent that pass from the middle of the ice to Ovechkin so he can unleash his wicked one-timer is only half the battle when attempting to stop the Caps power play.
This is a team that has scored 26 goals through their first 9 games with 11 of those being with the man advantage. That’s just over 42% of the team’s scoring is done when they’re on the power play.
As mentioned, the Oilers enter tonight with the second worst penalty kill in the league, killing off just 72.4%. Not a good combo to have the best PP and the worst PK matching up.
Edmonton must stay out of the box tonight to have a chance to win. It’s one of the biggest keys to the game for this club and one that can be easily attained given they have the speed to skate with any club in the league. It’s the lazy and bad penalties that tend to kill a hockeyclub.