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08-21-2015, 11:11 AM
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The rule change to faceoffs for this coming season is going to have somewhat of an impact.
Teams with better faceoff percentages are going to get more shots on goal as a result of being able to be the second centre in on offensive zone draws.
Home teams currently have a 3-4% increase in faceoff % compared to when away.
Move this advantage to both ends of the ice will reduce the effect of playing away and increase the effect of zone time and draws.

How will this affect the Caps? the East landscape?

Beagle will be heavily relied on in the defensive zone and you would think Backstrom will get even more in the O-zone.

Icings (we know the pain of these pretty bad by now) will be seen as even worse and having 4 key faceoff guys becomes even more apparent.

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08-21-2015, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Portable Mink View Post
How will this affect the Caps?
You tell me. Below are the home and away faceoff splits for the Caps I could reasonably see taking a decent amount of faceoffs next season along with the number of faceoffs they took for each.

Backstrom 57.70/49.51 - 799/810
Kuznetsov 43.26/46.15 - 356/325
Beagle 57.92/55.22 - 183/201
Latta 50.62/45.09 - 162/173
Laich 46.88/38.57 - 128/70
Burakovsky 37.50/53.52 - 96/71

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08-22-2015, 07:24 AM
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Losing Brouwer will hurt in this regard before Kuznetsov improves, but otherwise Caps are one of the top FO teams from the Eastern contenders.

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