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The Noon Number: A Peaceful Existence

Looking at the Caps' lack of much in the way of fisticuffs so far this year

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

0 – Number of fighting majors the Capitals have earned through eight games this year, making them one of just six teams without a fighting major so far.

That marks the longest the Caps have gone without a fight to start the season since 2006-07, a season that also started with eight fightless games. The streak was broken when Chris Clark took on Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa in the Caps' ninth game of the season, a 3-2 shootout loss.

This year's team might find it equally difficult to get past the ninth game without dropping the gloves, as they'll face the Blue Jackets tonight - a team that is second in the League with five fighting majors (from five different players). Add in the fact that three of Tom Wilson’s 26 career fights have been against Columbus (second-most to his four against the New York Islanders), as have two of Michael Latta’s ten.