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The Noon Number: Cracking the Goose Egg

A look at how the Caps have done when trying to protect home ice from lightning strikes

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

6 - Number of times the Capitals have hosted the Lightning in the postseason, with a grand total of zero wins over that span.

The two teams first clashed in the playoffs back in 2003, when the Caps brought a 2-0 lead home only to lose the next four, including three games at home (with the Game 6 triple-overtime heartbreaker bouncing them from the series). The second meeting was in 2011, when the Caps dropped both home games en route to a Tampa sweep. And of course, we all remember the most recent home loss on Tuesday night.

No time like the present to snap that streak and give the hometown fans something to cheer for...