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The Noon Number: Play the Full 60

A look at some sobering third-period stats

Washington Capitals v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

27.3 - The Capitals’ GF% at five on five when leading, sixth-worst in the League. The Caps have given up 16 goals at evens when they’ve held the lead, by far the most (Florida trails in second with 12). That number jumps up to 22 in all situations, also tops in the NHL and six ahead of second-place Toronto.

Last night’s loss in Edmonton was the fourth for the Caps when leading after two periods, twice as many as anyone else in the League and equaling their total from all of last season.

It’s not all bad, of course - you can’t blow leads in the third period if you don’t have ‘em in the first place, and the Caps have led after forty minutes in an amazing 10 of 12 games this season. And it’s good that they have a League-leading six wins in those games... but losing almost as many is not ideal (even if they’ve managed to salvage a point in three of the four).