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The Noon Number: The Not-So-Golden State

A look at how the Caps have fared on the left coast

Washington Capitals v San Jose Sharks Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

.358 - The Capitals points percentage in games in California since the state became home to three teams. Dating back to October 1993, the Caps have posted a combined record of 16-31-4-2 (W-L-OT-T) against the Sharks, Kings, and Ducks (Mighty and otherwise), and have been outscored 178-134 in those games.

They had a brief streak of good fortune back in their California trips of 2014-15 and 2015-16, going 2-0-1 in March of 2014 and following that up with a 2-1-0 record the following February (thus marking the only two times in which they’ve won at least two when hitting all three teams on the same trip). Since then? Not so fortunate, as their rare regulation win in San Jose (!!) last March broke up a run of 0-6-1 in the Golden State.

California has seemingly always given the Caps fits, regardless of how many teams played there; they’re 29-54-2-8 all time out west. They’ll look to change their fortunes as they kick off their annual Cali trip tonight against the Pacific Division-leading Sharks.