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The Noon Number: A Bumpy Road Ahead

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A look at what lies ahead for the Caps down the stretch

Washington Capitals v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Seven Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

.599 - The combined points percentage of the teams remaining on the Capitals’ 2018-19 regular-season slate (weighted by frequency of opponent), tops in the League. Over the next 16 games, the Caps will go up against 10 different teams whose combined (weighted) record is 579-369-115, for a total of 1273 of 2126 points.

Not only is it a tough schedule, but it’s also an odd schedule filled with lots of repeat customers. The Caps will face League-leading Tampa three times in the span of two weeks (after not seeing them at all since the end of last year’s Eastern Conference Final), and kick off a set of three games against Metro Division rival Philly tonight; they’ll also face New Jersey twice and Carolina twice, and wrap up the regular season against the Islanders, the team they’re battling with for top spot in the Metropolitan.

Of course, those three games against the Lightning stand out as a huge reason why the schedule appears so daunting overall. Take out Tampa, and the combined points percentage drops to .554, which would be around the League median.

Needless to say, the Caps will have their work cut out for them in the coming weeks.