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The Noon Number: Shortening the Bench

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A look at a relatively small group of skaters suiting up for the Caps this season

Washington Capitals v New York Islanders Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

26 - Number of skaters who dressed for at least one game with the Capitals during the regular season, with 23 of them staying with the club all season. The three exceptions were Madison Bowey (sent to Detroit at the deadline), Carl Hagelin and Nick Jensen (both arriving via trade around the same time).

That’s tied for the fewest number of skaters used in a single season in franchise history, matching the low total set way back in 1982-83, and with just two goalies carrying the load for the entire 2018-19 season, sets a new record for the fewest number of players total to dress for at least one game (the Caps used four goalies in that 1982-83 season).

They’ve come close to tying that number four previous times, with 27 skaters getting a sweater in 2010-11, 1994-95, 1991-92, and 1987-88.

As for the most skaters used in a season? Well, that was a whopping 46 in 2003-04, a product of the fire sale that saw veterans depart, prospects arrive, and the face of the franchise change forever.