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The Noon Number: The Lion’s Share

A look at the ultra-efficient Caps’ power play over the years

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.071 - The players-per-goal rate for the Capitals on the power play since the start of the 2005-06 season, lowest in the League. Dating back to Alex Ovechkin’s rookie season, the Caps have gotten power-play contributions from just 58 players - also fewest in the League, with the average at just over 73 - and yet have put up the third-most power-play goals over that span.

Not surprisingly, those 58 players are led by Alex Ovechkin, who has pitched in with 235 of the team’s 815 goals on the power play - just under 29% of the total output, far and away the largest percentage for any one team (Steven Stamkos sits at a distant second with “just” 16.5% of his team’s 771 power-play goals).

So far this season, however, the Caps are spreading the wealth a little bit more than usual. While Ovechkin still leads the team in power-play goals with seven, Evgeny Kuznetsov is right behind him with six, and with Tom Wilson’s goal Monday night, eight different players have chipped in - just about League average to date.