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Capital turns: Who leads the team in takeaways and giveaways?


The Washington Capitals have now completed 15 games of their 2022-23 regular season schedule. As a result, we can begin to consider certain statistics to have a considerable sample size and merit initial evaluation.

While the Capitals have suffered major injuries early in the season, there are certain stats that are more individual and less affected by the Capitals current injury situation. One such stat is gifts and individual gifts.

The chart below represents the rotation differentials per 60 minutes for each of the Capitals skaters so far this season. The resulting number is simply obtained by taking each player’s total takeaways this season and subtracting their total takeaways. In order to normalize each of the stats (make them comparable to other players), the total takeaways and total giveaways are divided by time on ice/60 minutes before finding the difference.

Lucas Johansen – Johansen has the best differential, although his number is based on just one game played. He played a good game, one to take away and no gifts, extrapolated for 60 minutes, but it’s only one game.

Joe Snively has the second-best turnover differential, based on four games played. That’s a slightly more significant number, but it’s still a relatively small sample size.

TJ Oshie i Lars Eller they have the best ratio among so-called regular starters, with a positive average of two more steals than giveaways per 60 minutes of ice time for Oshie.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel – NAK has the worst turnover differential, but their sample size is also small, two games and one game in which they played a minimum of 8:51. Small sample size, but worth a look.

John Carlson i Yevgeny Kuznetsovv Have the worst turnover differentials among regular starters, with an average of two or more personnel losses than take-aways per game.

While the sample size is small for some of the Capitals skaters, the stats presented in this post provide a good starting point (baseline) to track stats throughout the season.

The Capitals complete their season-long homestand Friday night when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Capital One Arena. The album launch is scheduled for just after 19:00.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Center in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and includes time as a season ticket holder. He has been a reporter covering the team for over 10 years, focusing primarily on prospect analysis, analysis and development.

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