Since Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin (knee, behavior) missed six games between Nov. 1-17 with an upper body strain, we actually have a track record of who scores for the Caps in his absence.
Better still: Two of those games came against Florida, a home-and-home Nov. 6 and 7.
Guess who the Caps face Thursday night at 7pm EST?
Before we get to the totals, let’s dispense with preliminaries:
The Caps won both games and did a ton of scoring. They prevailed 4-1 at Florida on Nov. 6 and 7-4 vs. Florida the next day.
D Mike Green missed much of the first game and all of the second game with, yes, an upper body ailment. So if you’re wondering why he does not show up in the totals below, that’s why.
Green’s absence also explains why Caps D Brian Pothier (5 percent owned in Yahoo!, 4 percent in ESPN) posted terrific numbers (one goal, three assists) in these two games. In addition, D Tyler Sloan scored a goal and D Tom Poti and D Shaone Morrisonn each notched an assist.
The best available fantasy beneficiaries of Ovechkin’s absence are Caps C Brendan Morrison (29 percent owned in Yahoo!, 31.3 percent in ESPN) and Caps winger Tomas Fleischmann (23 percent owned in Yahoo!, 15.3 percent in ESPN). Both Morrison and Fleischmann had two goals and one assist in the two games. Caps RW Mike Knuble (two goals, three assists) was more prolific than both, but he will not be available for Thursday night’s game, still nursing a broken finger. Plus, he’s not available in most fantasy formats anyway.
The sneakiest play here is Panthers D Dmitry Kulikov (1 percent owned in Yahoo!, 0.4 percent in ESPN). In the two Ovechkin-free games, he was Florida’s leading scorer (one goal, two assists).
Anyway, here are the Washington totals:
Morrison – 2
Knuble – 2
LW/RW Tomas Fleischmann – 2
One goal apiece for Pothier, Sloan, C/LW Brooks Laich, C Mathieu Perreault and LW Quintin Laing.
Pothier – 3
C Nicklas Backstrom – 3
RW Chris Clark – 2
Laich – 2
One assist apiece for Morrison, Morrisonn, Fleischmann, Poti, RW Eric Fehr and RW Matt Bradley.
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