Washington coach Barry Trotz was not pleased with his team’s performance Sunday in Vancouver, where the Capitals fell, 4-2, to the Canucks.
And he has an interesting theory that attempts to explain said performance.
“We turned over way too many pucks, gave up way too many odd-man rushes, just by (poor) puck management,” said Trotz (video).
“Vancouver did a really good job clogging things up. … We tried to force it through two or three bodies. … We’re worried about our Corsi scores I guess.”
Presumably, with that last remark, Trotz was referring to the analytical research that concludes carrying the puck into the offensive zone is preferable to dumping it in.
In a related story, as Sunday’s game wore on, it was clear (to me, at least) that the Caps were on a mission to dump it in. No doubt, in hindsight, because their coach had put them on that mission after getting outshot by a wide margin early in the contest.
Trotz later expanded on his post-game comments with NHL.com’s Dan Rosen:
By the way, the Caps’ team Corsi score is among the best in the NHL so far this season.
Washington hosts Detroit tomorrow (on NBCSN).