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The Noon Number: Shooting Gallery Closed for a Night

A look at a string of thirtysomethings the Caps are surely happy to have snapped

Greg Fiume

13 - Number of consecutive games in which the Capitals allowed 30 or more shots-against prior to snapping that streak on Tuesday night against Columbus (which only managed 27 shots on goal). That 13-game streak was the longest for the Caps since a span that stretched from March 18 through April 10 of 2006, and is only the team's second double-digit streak since then, with the first coming earlier this year - a dozen games from February 26 through March 19, 2013.

Interestingly enough, the 13-game streak under Adam Oates equals the combined total of the longest such streaks of the two men who held his position prior to his arrival - Dale Hunter had a six-game streak, Bruce Boudreau a seven-game run.

On the season, the Caps have allowed 30 or more shots on goal in 16 of their 19 games, putting them on pace to easily eclipse the team's single-season high for those games in the seasons for which data is readily available, 62 in 2005-06 (and they could threaten the League-wide mark of 70 by the 1992-93 San Jose Sharks).

Luckily for the Caps, they seem to have the right guy for the job in net... but this is hardly a recipe for long-term success.

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