Caps travel 5,000 miles for 4 points

Caps travel 5,000 miles for 4 points
October 29, 2013, 6:00 pm

The Capitals spent much of the day on Tuesday the same place they spent much of their past seven days – in the air.

The longest road trip of the season began on Oct. 21 when the Caps left Washington for stops in Winnipeg [shootout win], Edmonton [regulation win], Calgary [regulation loss] and Vancouver [regulation loss]. Including the return flight home, the Caps traveled 4,890 miles in the air.

Let’s take a look at some bright – and not-so-bright spots from the four-game escapade.

Bright spots

Jason Chimera: Last season the poor guy couldn’t buy a goal, making the skeptics wonder if his 20-goal season in 2011-12 was a fluke. Chimera scored a goal in each of the final three games on the trip, marking just the fourth time in his career he’s achieved that feat. Chimera now has four goals in 12 games, putting him on pace for a career-high 27 goals.

Penalty kill: The Caps were a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill in Monday night’s 3-2 loss in Vancouver, stretching their streak of consecutive kills to 25. The Caps have not alloed a power play goal in seven straight games and have ascended to second in the NHL at 90.7 percent, behind only San Jose [92.3 percent].

Not-so-bright spots

Getting outshot: The Caps were outshot in all four games on their road trip by a total of 152-106. Overall they’ve been outshot in eight of their 12 games, 414-357 for the season. They are 3-5 when getting outshot this season.

No goal club: Marcus Johansson has no goals through 12 games, mostly because he’s not shooting the puck. He has just 12 shots. Other Caps still looking for their first goals are Mike Green [29 shots], Steve Oleksy [12 shots], Marty Erat [6 shots], John Carlson [23 shots], Nate Schmidt [14 shots], Karl Alzner [17 shots], John Erskine [9 shots], Tom Wilson [12 shots], Alex Urbom [6 shots], Jay Beagle [3 shots], Jack Hillen [2 shots] and Michal Latta [1 shot].

Power play: The Caps entered their road trip with the NHL’s top-ranked power play. But after going just 1-for-15 on the trip they’ve fallen to fifth at 24.4 percent, well behind the St. Louis Blues [30.3 percent].