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The Noon Number: Keep Cool, Boys

A look at some disparate levels of discipline

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62 - Difference between the number of times shorthanded for the Capitals this season (237, fifth-most in the League) and tonight’s opponent, the Wild (175, second-lowest). The Caps have been the most penalized team in the Eastern Conference in 2016-17, and lead the East with a whopping 263 minors overall (although they are middle-of-the-pack in total penalty minutes thanks to their minimal fighting, just 13 on the year).

The good news? The Caps still have a pretty decent penalty-killing rate, despite some recent hiccups. The bad news is that so does Minnesota - and they’ve got a top-10 power play unit to their credit.

In fact, the two teams are just about even in both special teams... and just how much each one gets used may be a determining factor in tonight’s game.