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The Noon Number: Missing the Metro

A look at an early season scheduling quirk

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6 - Number of intradivisional games the Caps have played through 23 games this season, second-fewest in the League (Florida will play its sixth Atlantic Division opponent in its 23rd game of the season tonight). In fact, the Caps have played more games against the Pacific Division (seven, with an eighth coming tonight as they host Vancouver) than they have against Metro Division foes, and three Western Conference teams (Colorado, San Jose and Winnipeg) have played more games against Metro teams than the Caps have.

The Caps are 4-1-1 within the Metro Division, 2-4-1 against the Atlantic, 2-1-0 versus the Central and 2-3-2 facing the Pacific.