By Adam Vingan
Robert Frost “took the road less traveled, and that has made all the difference.” Based on the Washington Capitals’ first 12 road games of the season, perhaps they wish they could travel less.
The Caps’ 5-4 loss to the Florida Panthers Monday was their eighth road loss of the season, leaving them with a 4-8-0 record away from Verizon Center. Only four teams – the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks – have less wins on the road.
That isn’t the only glaring statistic regarding Washington’s road woes as compared to those same statistics at Verizon Center.
- After allowing three power plays goals Monday, the Caps have a 74.5% “success” rate on the penalty kill. Only the Blue Jackets have a worse number. At Verizon Center, the Caps have a 86.0% success rate, eighth in the league.
- Washington has allowed 44 goals on the road, a number only six teams beat. At home, the Caps have allowed 39.
- Conversely, the Caps have scored 32 goals on the road (2.66 G/G). At home? Forty-six (3.28 G/G).
- The Caps have allowed five or more goals on the road in almost half of their games this season (five of 12).
To put it bluntly, Washington would probably rather stay there than leave based on their recent play. The road not taken…