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The Noon Number: For Lack of Opportunity

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A look at a recent dearth of extra-man time for the Caps

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2.3 - The average number of power plays for the Capitals over the last ten games; only Edmonton (20) and Vegas (19) have had fewer chances with the extra man than the Caps’ 23 in this recent ten-game stretch.

In seven of those last ten games, they’ve been granted two or fewer power plays, and five of those seven times they’ve had the man advantage exactly once. In fact, the only reason it tops 20 is because of one game in which they were given six power plays. Lack of opportunity has translated to a lack of cashing in, as well, as the team’s power play - which had been starting to show signs of life prior to this stretch - has connected just twice on their 23 changes.

And while the Caps have struggled to draw penalties, the same can’t be said of their opponents lately (or ever, really) - over that same span, their opponents have had three or more power plays in all but one of the ten games.