27 - Number of days remaining until the Caps open the 2014-15 season. But it's also...
...the number of goals scored at even strength by Alex Ovechkin in 2013-14, over half of his total for the season. Only Max Pacioretty and Jamie Benn (both 28), Phil Kessel (29) and Corey Perry (35) had more even-strength tallies than Ovechkin, and only 38 players in the NHL had as many or more goals total.
It also accounted for the second-lowest percentage of total goals he's scored in a single season at just under 53%, beating out last year's even 50%. Here's a look at even-strength vs. total goals in his career:
|Season||G||ESG||% of Total|
Of course, that Ovechkin managed to score so many goals at evens while still racking up a plus-minus of -35 is pretty impressive... and a reminder that not only is plus-minus a pretty flawed stat, but other people occasionally need to score, too.