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The Noon Number: Cold Opens

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A look at a troubling recent trend

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7 - Number of games in-a-row in which the Capitals have surrendered the game's first goal.

On the plus side, they're tied atop the League with five wins overall when yielding the first tally (something they've done nine times in 16 games), which works out to a win percentage of .556 - that trails only the Rangers (.667) and Stars (.714) in that department.

On the flip side, that's not a long-term recipe for success... and slow starts aren't exactly a new trend for them, either.