Found October 21, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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When the Capitals’ coaching staff shook up the forward lines and defense pairings last week one combination that was left untouched was the top line of center Nicklas Backstrom left wing Marcus Johansson and right wing Alex Ovechkin. Through eight games the trio has combined for just three even-strength goa and is a combined minus-12 which averages out to a minus-4 as a unit. By comparison last season Backstrom [plus-8] Johansson [plus-3] and Ovechkin [plus-2] were a combined plus-13 with a little more than half of their goals [24] coming at even strength. “The whole team needs to be better in our own end and then go on offense and take the chances when we get them” Johansson said. Adam Oates admits plus-minus numbers can often be skewed – Ovechkin was on the ice for a goal against after coming out of the penalty box last week – but he sas he’s like better 5-on-5 play from his top line. “I think we can get more out of it” Oates said. “They’re getting their looks. You don’t wa...
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