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The Noon Number: Ovi-less

A look at how the Caps have fared without their captain in the lineup

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.500 - The Capitals’ points percentage in games in which Alex Ovechkin has not played, whether due to injury or suspension, since the start of the 2005-06 season. Ovechkin has missed an incredibly low 30 games in his 14+ seasons, with the team posting a record of 14-14-2 in those Ovechkin-less games.

Ovechkin’s last absence was around this time last season when he served another one-game suspension for missing the All-Star Game; the team downed the Flames 4-3 without their captain. Prior to that, he hadn’t missed a game in roughly three seasons — which was probably for the best, because in the six games he missed between January 2014 and April 2016 coincided with six losses for the Caps.