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The Noon Number: Too Much of a Good Thing

A look at how the Caps have fared after long layoffs

NHL: DEC 14 Capitals at Bruins Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

.500 - The Capitals points percentage, dating back to the start of the 2014 season, in games following a break of at least four days. Since Barry Trotz took over as the coach, the Caps have put together a record of just 7-7-4 when returning from a long layoff, and have been outscored 44-54 in those games.

It gets a little worse if you expand that to any break greater than three days, which has resulted in a record of 10-11-7 (.482 points percentage) under Trotz.

For whatever reason, the Caps just perform better on less rest in general - their sweet spot seems to be no less than one day and no more than two between games, where their record is a sparkling 147-40-20 (.758).

The good news? The majority of their schedule overall is going to fall into that 1-2 day sweet spot, particularly down the stretch. The bad news, in the immediate future, is that they have yet another lengthy break coming up for the All-Star Game at the end of the month.

They’ll look to improve upon their post-break record tomorrow night when they visit New Jersey.