Why do the Capitals score more without Ovechkin?

Scoring average with Ovechkin: 3.38 goals per game (21 games) Scoring average without Ovechkin: 4.63 goals per game (8 games) Granted, it's only 8 games, but using the Welch's t-test, I got a p-value of 0.089, which means that observed difference of the Capitals scoring more without Ovechkin is statistically significant at the 90% confidence level. Just in case you're wondering, the Capitals give up virtually the same number of goals with and without Ovechkin--2.78 and 2.75, respectively. My explanation: psychologically, the Caps know they have to play better because they are losing about one goal per game from Ovechkin, so other players step up and they get scoring with the deep roster they have. I wonder if you can make the 'puck hog' argument because Ovie creates opportunities for his teammates. He opens up scoring chances just by being on the ice and attracting attention. For those of you who hate math, don't be scared away by my number-crunching. Just look at the scoring averages I listed at the top for the main idea of my question.

Asked By: Dump n Chase - 12/6/2009
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Breaking out the Welch's t-test huh? Nice... Guess I'm not the only mathematician/Caps fan on this forum. TGYHFNR has a pretty sound psychological explanation I agree with. It's basically the team tends to sit back a bit when OV is in the lineup. When he's out Bruce does an excellent job of getting his remaining... More
Answered By: Don - 12/6/2009
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Philly is not a fair test. They are the worst team in the world and a group of p*e wee hockey players could score on ray emery if they were given a 9 minute powerplay as well. Ovechkin is a puck hog and always calls for the puck and shoots it at the worst time. He is extremely selfish.
Answered By: Scuba Steve - 12/6/2009
agreed.... philly sucks big fat dick... also their goalie is black. also their coach is bad. also they have a guy named dan carcillo... who apparently holds the world record for most penalty minutes in one game by a wop. ovechkin sucks by the way... he is a cheap piece of shit who knees people all day long and likes... More
Answered By: LEUNG WANG - 12/6/2009
It would seem that way, but I see that as a testament to the Capitals discipline and dedication to their team concept... More
Answered By: Awesome Bill - 12/6/2009
Same reason the Penguins score more without Crosby. It is all in the mind, The team knows they have to step up to fill what Ovechkin brings to a game. And the Opposing team relaxes more knowing Ovechkin isn't playing,
Answered By: That guy you hate, for no reason - 12/6/2009
Because when Ovie is there they dont think they have to score but when he is away everyone steps up
Answered By: Gabe R - 12/6/2009
because ovechkin has the puck more mabe and there is more pressure on the team when ov isnt there to win.
Answered By: Windows7ISAWSOME - 12/6/2009
Because hockey is a team game and when Ovechkin plays he hogs the puck all the time never passing it to his teammates. When he is injured the team must play as a team and it proves the old adage. The sum of the parts is greater than the whore.
Answered By: tomjc43 - 12/6/2009
1st of all SHUT THE PUCK UP!!!! 2nd the Flyers had an off night so laugh when we turn it around and beat your team!!!!!
Answered By: LavioletteLover - 12/6/2009
^ haha the flyers have been having an off SEASON
Answered By: Natalie - 12/6/2009
I'm surprised nobody has touched on the fact that its a sign of a good team when people can step up and still score with out their star scorer in the lineup. Before everybody said that the capitals were a 1 man team which clear with a winning record without ovie that is not the case, when ovie was injured the caps... More
Answered By: Andrew G - 12/6/2009
Ovechkin takes a ridiculous number of shots in a game. Despite the number of goals he scores, his scoring percentage has been among the lowest in the league. So, without him, the rest of the team might be able to generate a chance that would have been wasted by a hopeful shot. More decent chances (as opposed to... More
Answered By: titansin04 - 12/6/2009
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