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The Noon Number: Power Outage

A look at a rough run for one of the team’s usual strengths

Columbus Blue Jackets v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images

5 - Number of power-play goals scored by the Capitals in December (13 games), tied for the second-fewest in the League last month. With 40 extra-man opportunities, that shakes out to just 12.5% - a substandard mark that has brought their percentage for the season down to just over 21%. It certainly didn’t help that they also gave up two shorthanded goals, bringing them up to four in the 2019-20 campaign.

It is worth noting that three of those five goals were scored in their final three games of the season (3-for-15, 25%), so perhaps they’ve started to turn the corner... one would hope, because they’ll need it clicking at all cylinders if they want to remain atop the standings.