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Trotz doesn’t want the Caps to worry about their ‘Corsi scores’

Barry Trotz

Barry Trotz


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’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).