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The Noon Number: Kill or Get Killed

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A look at a drastic turn in the Capitals' penalty-killing fortunes

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6 - Number of consecutive games in which the Caps have allowed a power-play goal, their longest such streak since a seven-game stretch that spanned from December 2 through 15, 2010 (the first seven games of a brutal eight-game losing streak).

Over these past half-dozen games, the penalty kill - which was the top-ranked unit in the League three weeks ago - has gone just 15-for-24 (punctuated by a two-for-five effort on Wednesday night against Ottawa), and has dropped to 15th in the League overall.

If the Caps do give up a goal while shorthanded when they host Montreal tonight, they'll tie that 2010 streak, but still have a ways to go to get to the 13-game streak they had in early 2009 (the longest of the Alex Ovechkin Era, and longest since before the start of the 1997-98 season).