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The dog days of summer are officially upon us - but never fear, there is an end in sight, and we'll count down the days until opening night. 69 days and counting...

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69 - Number of days remaining until the Caps open the 2014-15 season. But it's also...

...the number of goals given up by the Caps in the first period in 2013-14, the ninth-most first-period goals allowed in the League. Only one team, Anaheim, gave up more goals in the first twenty minutes than the Caps and still made the playoffs; in fact, only two teams ranked in the bottom 15 in the League in that department went on to the postseason, the Ducks and Dallas (and both still had positive goal differentials in the opening frame).