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The Noon Number: Cutting the Power

A look at power-play outbursts on the wrong end of the ice

Anaheim Ducks v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

7 - Number of games this season in which the Capitals have given up at least two power-play goals in the same game - including back-to-back losses to Vegas and Anaheim the last two games - tied for the League lead with Vancouver. The Caps are 1-4-2 so far this season when allowing two or more power-play goals, with their lone win earned in overtime over the Rangers back in mid-October.

Of course, it’s harder to give up at least two goals while shorthanded when you’re not shorthanded that much, and that’s also been an area in which the Caps have struggled. They’ve given their opponents a power play 101 times, tied with Tampa for fourth-most in the NHL, and have gone shorthanded four or more times in 13 of their 27 games so far.

It’s worth noting that six of the seven games overall were one-goal games, and in three of the seven, they also failed to score a power-play of their own. As is often the case, the margin of victory can hinge on special teams showing up... or not.