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The Noon Number: What a Difference a Year Makes

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A look at how this season is already better for the Capitals than last season by yet another metric

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

39 - Number of wins for the Capitals on the season, one more (with ten games remaining) than they had all of last season. Here's part of what that improvement looks like, graphically:

Pts vs Pace

Incidentally, 39 is also the number of goals Rick Nash and Steven Stamkos each have, tied for second-most in the League, eight behind Alex Ovechkin.