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The Noon Countdown: Twenty Minutes Doesn't Win It

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Counting down the days until the 2014-15 season with a look at the Caps' inability to hold a lead.

Rob Carr

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

...the Caps' win percentage in 2013-14 when leading after the first period, the fourth-worst percentage in the League. The Caps held a lead after the first twenty minutes a grand total of 25 times (putting them solidly in the NHL's bottom third in that department) and won just 16 of them.

So between their tendency to give up first-period goals in bunches, and their tendency to blow the lead when they did happen to score more than the other team... the first period? Not so good for the 2013-14 Caps.