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The Noon Number: Five-Oh

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A look at the Caps' recent struggles to score at five-a-side

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8 - Consecutive (full) periods the Capitals have gone since they've scored a five-on-five goal, with their last such tally coming in the first period against Ottawa on Tuesday before failing to score at fives in either game over the weekend (marking the second time they've been shut out at fives in back-to-back games this season, and only the third time it's happened under Barry Trotz). The last time the Caps went more than eight periods without a five-on-five goal? March 5, 6 and 8, 2014, when they went nine periods. They'll try to avoid tying (and perhaps breaking) that mark tonight against Columbus.