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The Noon Number: Gone Silent

A look at some weary work with the extra man

Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

10.7 - The Capitals’ power-play percentage in the second half of back-to-back games, a struggle which was on full display in last night’s loss to the Flyers when they went 0-for-5 (and gave up a shorthanded goal) with the extra man. The Caps have completed eight sets of back-to-back games this season and have scored a power-play goal in just two of them. They picked up two power-play goals in their loss to Carolina back on December 28 (a game in which they also ceded a shorthanded goal), and struck once on the power play against Detroit at the end of November.

Last night was actually a rare game where the Caps drew more penalties than they took (the Flyers earning five trips to the sin bin vs. the Caps’ three), something that has happened just 14 times all season. It’s also a rare occasion in which they were able to draw a number of penalties in that second of back-to-back games — in fact, last night was just the third time in eight tries that they’ve had more than three power-play opportunities.