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The Noon Number: Schmidt Happens

A look at a defenseman (and a blueline) posting impressive shot metrics

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

60.8 - Nate Schmidt’s score- and venue-adjusted five-on-five Corsi-For percentage, tops among defensemen with 110 minutes played in these playoffs, per Corsica. And Schmidt, who scored his first career playoff goal in Game 4, isn’t the only Cap performing well in the shot metrics. In fact...

In a postseason that looks to be headed for a disappointing conclusion, Schmidt’s play - unsurprising to those who have been paying close attention - has been a bright spot.