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The Noon Number: Jump Start

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A look at a recent trend of early returns

Washington Capitals v New Jersey Devils Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

8 - Number of consecutive games in which the Capitals have scored a goal in the first period, a season-high streak.

While the Caps have had a decent amount of success overall in the opening frame - their 79 first-period tallies rank fourth in the League - they’ve struggled to get the game’s first goal, having done so in just about 50% of their games this season (37 times in 73 games).

That hasn’t been the case during this recent streak, however; six of their eight goals in the first period have also been the game’s first goal, with four of those goals coming in the opening five minutes of the game.