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The Noon Number: Gun Shy

A look at a rare night of quiet offense from the Caps

NHL: Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

21 - Total shots on goal for the Capitals in last night’s 6-0 loss to the Devils, a season low and their lowest shot production since dropping a 4-1 decision in Carolina back in March.

It was a surprising dip in shots considering what the Caps managed to do in their first three games - they pummeled the Bruins with 37 shots en route to a 7-0 victory, added another 29 against Pittsburgh in their 7-6 OTL, and peppered Marc-Andre Fleury with 36 back on Wednesday.

Last night’s blip actually caused their shots-per-game rate to drop from 34, which would put them in the top third of the League, to 30.8, good enough for 21st overall.

Of course, such a dramatic drop only happens because of the small sample size... which is why one low-production loss is not exactly something worth panicking about. Yet.