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The Noon Countdown: Blueline, Red Lights

A look at the production from the blueline last season

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30 - Number of days remaining until the 2016-17 season. But it's also...

...the combined number of goals scored by the Caps' top six defensemen (based on the opening night roster) in the 2015-16 season. The blueliners managed to scrape together those 30 goals as a group despite long-term injuries, including almost half a season to Brooks Orpik. They also did so without a single one of them hitting double-digits in goals on his own; the last time that happened was 2010-11 (when the entire defense, all 11 of them, combined for 28 goals).

John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov checked in with eight goals apiece to share the lead among Caps' defensemen; close behind were Matt Niskanen (5), Karl Alzner (4), Brooks Orpik (3) and Nate Schmidt (2).