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The Noon Number: Killer Killers

A look at some recent success for the Caps while down a man

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

93.8 - The percentage of penalties killed by the Caps over their last seven games, giving up just two goals on a whopping 32 times shorthanded.

Even more impressive is the fact that the Caps only gave up 26 shots in those 32 shorthanded opportunities (two of which were fired on the lengthy two-man disadvantage against Ottawa Sunday night), and in two of their seven games their opponent was shotless with the extra man.

Last night was the first time in the last seven that the other team compiled at least 10 shots on the power play... and that includes the nine-penalty fiasco against the Devils on New Years’ Eve.

The Caps’ penalty-killing rate ranks second in the League since December 21, trailing only the Maple Leafs (1-for-24 through six games, 95.8%), and are now up to fourth in the League overall. In fact, neither the Caps nor the Leafs had given up a power-play goal over that span until they faced off at Verizon Center last night, with the Caps picking up a goal with the extra man and giving up two to Toronto.