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The Noon Countdown: That’s a Plus

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A look at how many Caps finished in the black last year

Washington Capitals v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Six Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

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

...the number of players on the Caps’ roster who finished last season with a plus-minus rating of +20 or better, the most they’ve ever had in a single season in franchise history. That’s the good news.

The bad? Three of those players (Karl Alzner, Marcus Johansson, Nate Schmidt) now play for other teams... so the 2017-18 squad has their work cut out for them if they want to match that feat for a second-straight season.