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The Noon Number: Bumpy Road

A look at an odd discrepancy in the Caps’ special teams work

Washington Capitals v Dallas Stars Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

12.7 - The Capitals’ road power-play percentage this season, third-worst in the League. Of their 55 power-play opportunities away from Capital One Arena, the Caps have cashed in just seven times, and have failed to score with the extra man in six straight road games (0-for-15). Cut out the beginning of the season and the Caps are operating at an abysmal 4.0% since December 1 (1-for-25), worst in the League over that span.

Interestingly enough, while the power play has struggled overall, the bulk of those struggles have been on the road; the Caps currently sport the third-best home power-play percentage at 26.8% and have goals in three of their last five in the friendly confines of DC.

The discrepancy between home and road is one of the highest in the League right now - their 14.1 percentage-point difference is the third biggest swing overall, behind Pittsburgh (15.7) and Winnipeg (18), and the Caps are one of just six teams to have a double-digit percent difference depending on the venue.