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The Noon Number: Orpik Your Battles

A look at the bruises absorbed by the Caps’ gritty blueliner

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

3066 - Number of hits credited to Brooks Orpik over the course of his career, second-most by any player since his rookie season of 2002-03, to go along with a whopping 1734 blocked shots (fourth in the League). Combine that with the League-best 587 hits and 336 shot blocks (second only to Dan Girardi) in the playoffs over that span and it adds up to quite a sizable bruising over the last 16 seasons.

And that’s what makes it all the more impressive that he will be suiting up for career game #1000 tonight when the Caps host the Blues. Congratulations to Brooks on this momentous occasion!