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The Noon Number: No Lead, (Almost) No Problem

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A look at the Caps' ongoing quest to fall behind early in games and their relative success in spite of it

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.625 - The Capitals' points percentage when giving up the game's first goal (by way of a 20-11-5 record in those games), tops in the NHL. By comparison, 22 of the League's 30 teams have a worse points percentage overall than the Caps' trail-first percentage.

The eight teams that have a better points percentage when starting at 0-0:

Team GP W L O Pts Pts %
Washington Capitals 67 49 13 5 103 0.769
Dallas Stars 68 40 20 8 88 0.647
Chicago Blackhawks 68 41 21 6 88 0.647
St. Louis Blues 68 39 20 9 87 0.640
Los Angeles Kings 66 40 22 4 84 0.636
New York Islanders 65 37 20 8 82 0.631
Anaheim Ducks 66 37 20 9 83 0.629
New York Rangers 67 39 22 6 84 0.627

Of course, as nice as their ability to erase deficits has been, it's not ideal; as we saw last night, against a good team, those comebacks will fall short more often than not. And given the fact that the Caps have an even better points percentage when scoring the game's first goal (obviously) and have only lost twice all season when doing so... they might want to give that a try going forward.

Just a thought.