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The Noon Number: Secondary Struggles Start at Top

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A look at how the Caps' five-on-five scoring woes aren't limited to the depth players

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1 - Number of five-on-five goals scored by the Caps' top line since Andre Burakovsky scored a pair of them 16 games ago against Anaheim, excluding those tallied by Alex Ovechkin. Here's a breakout of who's played on the top line over that stretch and what they have(n't) done while there:

Player Games on the 1st Line Five-on-Five Goals
Alex Ovechkin 15 5
Nicklas Backstrom 16 0
Marcus Johansson 8 1
Andre Burakovsky 6 0
Tom Wilson 2 0
Jay Beagle 1 0

Over the same span, the Caps' top trio has been on the ice for two goals by defensemen, meaning that blueliners have scored twice as many non-Ovi goals as forwards with the first line out there.

And in case you're wondering, here's that lone non-Ovechkin-first-line-forward marker, the sixth goal in a 6-1 rout of Buffalo: