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The Noon Number: Home, Sour Home

A look at the not-so-friendly confines of Cap One

Colorado Avalanche v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images

3 - Number of consecutive losses on home ice for the Capitals to start the season, the first time they’ve gone winless in their first three games in DC since 1983-84 (h/t Vogs). The good news, of course, is that they’ve gotten a couple of points out of those losses; two of the three (vs. Carolina and Dallas) have been overtime losses.

The Caps have traditionally been very strong in Washington - in fact, over the last decade no one has a better points percentage at home than the Caps’ .645 with a robust 465-235-93 record over that span.

It is worth noting, of course, that while the Caps’ 0-3 start at home is unusual, they’ve actually come close to repeating that feat fairly recently. Just two seasons ago - remember that one? - they dominated in their first home game against the Habs but then proceeded to drop three straight against Pittsburgh, Toronto and Florida.