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The Noon Number: First Things First

A look at the Caps’ recent run of strong starts

NHL: Washington Capitals at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

10 - Consecutive games in which the Capitals have scored the first goal, punctuated by Andre Burakovsky’s record-tying run of four-straight initial tallies. Nine of those ten opening salvos have come in the first period, a stanza which the Caps have dominated on the scoreboard, leading the League in first period goal differential (+28; 46 goals-for and a League-low 18 -against) en route to NHL bests with 20 wins when leading after twenty minutes and 26 victories when scoring first.

(All that said, the Caps’ first-period five-on-five Corsi-For percentage is a disappointing 49.5, so know that this team hasn’t been quite as good at the outset of games as those goal differentials would lead you to believe, as that 10.5 shooting percentage and .960 save percentage at fives won’t last forever.)