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buy canada goose jacket Washington took the fewest shots in the league this season yet still won its third straight Metropolitan Division title, scoring 3.12 goals per game, the NHL’s ninth best offense. External playoffexpectations are tepid because the pedestrian shot generation suggests the team has over performed its poor underlying numbers all season. buy canada goose jacket

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The Capitals would argue uk canada goose there’s a method behind the madness, that as the team had to replace 60 goals after offseason buy canada goose jacket cheap roster turnover, it compensated for a less talented and less experienced roster not playing in the offensive zone as much by making the most of its time when there. They’d canadian goose jacket agree that they often gave up too many scoring chances, but they also didn’t fret overtheir own shot quantity, focusing instead on canada goose store creating scoring opportunities that even the best goaltenders can’t stop.

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Holtby was a victim of that a year ago. The Penguins took last postseason en route a second straight Stanley Cup championship, and in the second round series against the Capitals, Washington dominated with 229 five on five shots to Pittsburgh’s 162. The Capitals took 111 more shot attempts, and they had more of the high danger scoring chances, as they’re judged by Natural Stat Trick. A shot’s quality has typically been classified by its location and angle the closer to the net, the more dangerous.

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“I know unequivocally that when a goalie has more than half of a second of clear sight on the puck, the puck only goes into the back of the net 2.7 percent of the time,” Valiquette said. “So, clearsighted shots are typically about 60 to 70 percent of all of the shots taken in a hockey game. If the pass Canada Goose sale goes across the ice to another player and he receives it and then shoots it, well, those go in 31 percent of the time. And on and on and on. A breakaway goes in 30 percent of the time. A partial breakaway goes in 27 percent of the time. A rebound off a wraparound goes in 22 percent of the time.”

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It’s how a hot goalie gets hot. Washington got stung by shot volume in 2010, when the Presidents’ Trophy winning Capitals took 292 five on five shots to the Canadiens’ 194 in a devastating first round loss.

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