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The Noon Number: Year in Review

A look at some key numbers from calendar year 2017

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86 - Number of regular-season games played by the Capitals since January 1, 2017.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the stats compiled by the team and the individual players over the past year:

  • 120 - Points earned by the Caps, most in the League over that span (albeit with the most games played); the next-highest team is Tampa at 108
  • 57 - Wins for the Caps since the start of 2017, which also leads the NHL. The Caps currently have a 2017 regular-season record of 57-23-6, with one game remaining
  • 280 - Goals scored by the Caps this year - again, tops in the League
  • +66 - The team’s goal differential, giving up just 214 goals to the 280 they scored; the next-best differential in the League in 2017 was Tampa at +49
  • 104.6 - The special teams index for the year, with a 23.8% efficiency rate on the power play and an 80.8% effective penalty kill; that’s tied with Pittsburgh for the fifth-best in the League (PIT - 24.8/80.1)
  • 40 - Goals for Alex Ovechkin in 2017, the most on the team and one of just four players to crack 40 goals for the calendar year (joining an odd collection of characters in Anders Lee, 42; Brad Marchand, 44; and Nikita Kucherov, 51)
  • 84 - Points scored by Nicklas Backstrom this year, tops among the Caps and eighth in the League overall
  • 55.7% - Jay Beagle’s win percentage in the faceoff circle, (637 victories in 1144 draws), putting him among the League’s top 20 in that department (min 300 faceoffs)
  • 7 - Number of game-winning goals scored by Evgeny Kuznetsov, narrowly edging out Ovechkin (6) for the team lead
  • .919 - Combined save percentage for the Caps’ goaltending duo, as Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer turned aside 2328 of the 2533 shots they faced
  • 190 - Penalty minutes “earned” by Tom Wilson, tops in the NHL
  • 61 - Power-play goals scored by the Caps, tied for second-most in the League with Toronto; only Pittsburgh and Tampa (65 each) had more
  • 5 - Number of players to pick up their first career NHL goal in a Caps jersey (Nathan Walker, Zach Sanford, Christian Djoos, Chandler Stephenson, Jakub Vrana)
  • 36 - Number of players who played at least one game for the Caps in 2017
  • 47 - Points for John Carlson over the last 12 months (nine goals, 38 assists)