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The Noon Number: Feast or Famine

A look at some consistently inconsistent offense

NHL: Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

4 - Number of times the Capitals have been shut out this season, including last night’s blanking at the hands of Metro rival Columbus. That’s tied for third-most in the League, with only six teams having been shut out more times so far this season. It also matches their total number of shutouts from all of last season, and is just one shy of their high for the last five years (five, back in 2015-16).

Not surprisingly, three of those four shutouts are recent, all occurring in the last 11 games, with last night joining the 1-0 loss to Boston on Super Bowl Sunday and the 2-0 loss to the Islanders back on 1/18.

And yet as often as they’ve been shut out, the Caps have also found their offense on plenty of occasions. While three of their last 11 have been shutouts, they’ve averaged a whopping 4.38 goals per game in the other eight, with at least three goals scored in each. Over the course of the season, they’ve scored four or more goals 30 times (including three of their last four), which is third-most in the League. They’ve scored exactly two goals only five times, which is fewest in the League, and two or three goals just 15 times, second-fewest.

So it looks like with this year’s Caps team... it really is all or nothing.