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The Noon Number: Minimal Advantage

A look at some major and prolonged struggles for the Caps’ once-mighty power play

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6.9 - The Capitals’ net power-play percentage since the beginning of December (25 games played), lowest in the NHL over that span.

Per NHL.com, a team’s net power-play percentage is calculated by taking a team’s power play goals for, subtracting the number of shorthanded goals allowed, and then dividing that by the total number of power play opportunities.

Since 12/3, the Caps have had 87 chances with the extra man - second-most in the League - and scored just 13 goals, while giving up a League-leading seven shorthanded goals. Their power play rate over that span is an abysmal (and 29th-ranked) 14.9%.