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The Noon Number: Putting the “Off” in Face Off

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A look at a(nother) area in which the Caps’ second-line pivot is struggling

Washington Capitals v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

63 - Evgeny Kuznetsov’s rank among the 63 NHLers who have taken 400 or more face offs so far this season, winning only 41.6 percent of his draws (teammates Jay Beagle (60.2 percent) and Nicklas Backstrom (52.8) rank second and 23rd, respectively).

Lower the minimum draws to 200 and Kuznetsov ranks third-to-last among the 114 skaters on the list, ahead of only Alex Galchenyuk (39.5) and Logan Couture (37.5).

For his career, Kuznetsov has won 45.3 percent of his face offs, including 47.8 percent in 2015-16.