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Peerless is here with some little known facts about the Caps’ recent good run of late.

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Here are some snacks to chew on at happy hour. It’s a little known fact, but…

  • Jakub Vrana is tied for fourth among rookies in goals scored (ten), and he gets less ice time per game than any of the three players ahead of him.
  • Speaking of rookies, the Caps have dressed seven this season, four of them in at least 23 games (Chandler Stephenson, Christian Djoos, Madison Bowey, and Vrana). The Caps dressed only six rookie skaters all of last season.
  • Since the Caps beat the Minnesota Wild on November 18th, the Caps have the second best record in the league (10-3-0/20 points), trailing only the Nashville Predators (10-1-2/22 points).
  • The Caps’ goal differential in that 13-game run (plus-16) is second only to the Predators (plus-21).
  • Alex Ovechkin leads the team in goals over those 13 games (nine), followed by Evgeny Kuznetsov (six), and Jakub Vrana (six). The little known fact is that Alex Chiasson is tied for fourth (four).
  • Defensemen are getting shots to the net. Three blueliners rank in the top seven in shots on goal on the club in the 13-game run – John Carlson (37/2nd), Matt Niskanen (28/T-4th) and Dmitry Orlov (24/7th).
  • Niskanen is plus-14 over those 13 games, tops in the league over that span.
  • Six different Capitals have power play goals in their 10-3-0 run – Ovechkin (two), Kuznetsov (two), Brett Connolly (two), Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie, and Vrana. Nine different Caps have power play points -- those six with goals, Carlson, Vrana, and Tom Wilson.
  • The Caps are one of four teams in the league over this span to have more than 200 credited hits, more than 200 blocked shots, and more than 100 takeaways (the Vegas Golden Knights, Florida Panthers, and Nashville Predators are the others).
  • Okay, possession mavens, the Caps aren’t doing that well in that area. In their 10-3-0 run their shot attempts-for percentage at 5-on-5 (47.37, numbers from NHL.com) rank 26th.

Now…where’s the egg nog?