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The Noon Number: All Together Now

A look at how the Caps have shared the wealth over the last four games

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19 - Number of players who have registered a point for the Capitals over the last four games. The Caps have scored a total of 19 goals in that four-game stretch, and every single player (aside from the two goalies) who has dressed for at least one game has chipped in with at least one point over that span - a total of 54 points added to their collective season tallies.

Justin Williams and Evgeny Kuznetsov lead the way with seven points apiece (3-4-7 for Williams, 1-6-7 for Kuznetsov) over that span, and the top-six forwards have been producing as they should - but it’s not just the top two lines driving the offense, as the team’s “third” and “fourth” lines have also chipped in with a combined nine points (4 goals, 5 assists).

Meanwhile the blueline has been red hot, with 17 points spread out among the seven defensemen (6 goals, 11 assists). Five of the seven blueliners have at least two points in the last four games, and five of the seven have scored at least one goal (including Nate Schmidt’s first of the season last night).

The distribution of offense has been in effect within games, as well; no game has had a multi-goal scorer, which is fairly impressive considering that the team scored at least five goals in three of the four games.

If you’re looking for a similar stretch of time where the team has been producing so much offense with so many contributors, well... you have to go back pretty far (at least according to our crack researchers). The last time the Caps had at least 19 goals over a four-game span, with 19 different players chipping in? The final four games of the 1996-97 season.

Update: And for even more info...

That first stretch includes an assist from Braden Holtby and the second one is quite the motley crew...