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The Noon Number: Capping the Pens

A look at some high-end production against tonight’s high-flying opponent

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

129 - Number of points earned by the team’s current top-six forwards, in 131 total regular-season games played. Not surprisingly, the majority of the points came off the combined sticks of Alex Ovechkin (30-21-51, 48 GP) and Nicklas Backstrom (7-38-45, 38 GP). Only Eric Staal has more points against the Penguins than Ovechkin since 2005 (52), while Backstrom is fifth over that span (and fourth among active players), despite not entering the League until two years later.

While Ovechkin and Backstrom have put up the lion’s share of that point total, T.J. Oshie and Andre Burakovsky have become Penguins-killers in their own right of late. Oshie has put up seven goals and 17 points in 18 games played (with 14 of those 17 scored in a Caps uniform), while Burakovsky has added another five goals and nine points in 12 games. Evgeny Kuznetsov rounds out the group with 2-5-7 in 15 games.

Newcomer Jakub Vrana is the only player in the top-six group who has yet to face the Penguins... and that streak ends tonight.