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The Noon Number: Munching Minutes

A look at shouldering a heavy workload on the Caps blueline

NHL: Preseason-Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

2 - Number of NHL players currently averaging more than 19 minutes at even strength, four minutes on the power and two minutes on the penalty kill per game so far this season: John Carlson and Buffalo’s Rasmus Ristolainen.

For more on Carlson’s early-season starring role among Caps rearguards, check out Isabelle Khurshudyan’s piece on the subject from yesterday: