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The Noon Number: Top-Line Right (and Wrong) Wings

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A look at how the Caps have performed with a handful of different first line configurations

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.714 - Capitals' point percentage when either Andre Burakovsky or Tom Wilson starts the game as the top-line right wing alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom via a 22-7-6 record. In 26 games with other wingers riding shotgun on the top line, the team has a .500 points percentage, via record of 11-11-4. Here's how the team's record breaks out by first-line right wing:

Player W L OT W% Pts%
Andre Burakovsky 9 3 2 .643 .714
Tom Wilson 13 4 4 .619 .714
Marcus Johansson 4 2 0 .667 .667
Troy Brouwer 2 1 0 .667 .667
Jay Beagle 3 3 1 .429 .500
Eric Fehr 2 2 2 .333 .500
Jason Chimera* 0 0 1 .000 .500
Joel Ward 0 1 0 .000 .000
TOTAL** 33 16 10 .559 .644

* Chimera actually played his one game on the top line on the left side with Ovechkin on the right.

** The total here excludes the two games Backstrom didn't start on the top line; the Caps were 0-2-0 in those two, with a top line of Ovechkin-Burakovsky-Ward.

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