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The Noon Number: Three for Five-on-Five

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A look at some healthy even-strength production among some of the Caps' top scorers

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20 - Combined number of points scored at five-on-five by Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom so far this year, led by Kuznetsov's nine (tied with Jamie Benn and Patrick Kane for second-most even-strength points in the League, just one off of Tyler Seguin for the NHL lead)

The trio currently holds down the top three spots in five-on-five points per 60 (minimum 50 minutes played), with Ovechkin's 5.22 leading the way; only five players, including Ovechkin, Kuznetsov and Backstrom, are scoring at above a four-points-per-60 rate so far.

Hopefully they can keep it going against a Penguins team that has given up just 12 even-strength goals in eight games so far, but is ranked 12th in GA60 at five-on-five (and gives up a boatload of shots in the process).