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The Noon Number: Penalty Parade

A look at some recent undisciplined play by the Caps

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4.25 - Average number of times per game that the Caps have been shorthanded over the last eight games. That’s a considerable leap up from the first 13 games of the year, when they were shorthanded an average of just 2.69 times per game.

At the start of the season, just three of the first 13 games saw the Caps go shorthanded more than three times (and never more than four). Since then, it’s happened six times in the last eight games, five times in the last six, and three straight. In three of those eight games - and two of the last three - they’ve taken at least five penalties.

The most frequent offenders over the last two weeks or so? Justin Williams and Brett Connolly, who have each racked up five minors (tying them for second-most in the League over that span), and the usually disciplined Nicklas Backstrom with four (three of which were real, for what it’s worth).