Caps among league's hardest hit by injuries

Caps among league's hardest hit by injuries
March 27, 2013, 9:45 pm
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According to a list compiled Wednesday by Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper, the Washington Capitals are among the teams that have been hit the hardest by injuries this season.

Through 33 games this season, the Capitals have 107 man-games lost for an average of 3.24 MGL/game.

It is the fifth highest rate among the 29 NHL teams that made their numbers available for the story (only the San Jose Sharks did not make their man-games lost numbers available).

The Capitals’ 3.24 MGL/G trail only the Detroit Red Wings (5.64), Ottawa Senators (4.79), Florida Panthers (4.79) and Philadelphia Flyers (4.16).

Brooks Laich (28 games) and Jack Hillen (25 games) account for nearly half of Washington’s man-games lost, with Mike Green (13 games) having missed more than a third of the season himself due to injury.

Among the 12 teams with the most man-games lost this season (through Wednesday’s games), only three are currently in a playoff position (Red Wings, Senators and Winnipeg Jets).

Ottawa entered play Wednesday in 5th place in the Eastern Conference despite playing much of the season with No.1 center Jason Spezza (28 games misses), No.1 defenseman Erik Karlsson (19 games missed) and No.1 goalie Craig Anderson (15 games missed).

As for the Capitals who have stayed healthy this season, nine players have appeared in all 33 games including the team’s top three leading scorers -- Mike Ribeiro, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

The complete list of the NHL’s most injury-riddled teams this season can be found here courtesy The Globe and Mail.