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The Noon Countdown: Postseason Power

A look at how the Caps fared with the extra man last spring

Washington Capitals v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Four Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

10 - Number of days remaining until the 2017-18 season. But it’s also...

...the number of power-play goals scored by the Capitals during the 2017 postseason. Only the two eventual Stanley Cup Finalists had more (Pittsburgh with 16, Nashville 14), and had almost twice as many games in which to top the Caps’ total... although obviously that’s not exactly a positive from a Washington perspective.

Calgary was the only playoff team with a better power-play percentage than the Caps’ 25% (10 for 40), as they scored six goals on 16 opportunities during their four-game sweep at the hands of the Predators.

Their scoring was fairly evenly spread out during their two-series run last spring, with Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie and John Carlson each picking up a pair of power-play goals and four others - Kevin Shattenkirk, Matt Niskanen, Nicklas Backstrom and Justin Williams - all adding one to the total.

The Caps have only topped 10 power-play goals in one postseason run twice, scoring 11 in 14 games back in 2009 and 13 in 2016.