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The Noon Countdown: Dropping the Gloves

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Islanders at Washington Capitals Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

17 - Number of days remaining until the start of the Capitals’ 2020-21 season. But it’s also...

...the number of times the Caps earned a five-minute penalty last season. That’s their second-lowest total over the last decade, having maxed out at 16 majors in each of the two previous seasons while racking up another 16 in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. It would be more impressive had this past season also been shortened, this time by the pandemic - and it was tied for the fourth-highest total in the NHL in 2019-20.