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The Noon Number: A Minor Problem

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A look at one of the early - but familiar - struggles for the Caps this season

NHL: JAN 17 Capitals at Penguins Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

4.33 - The Capitals’ average penalties taken per game so far this season, with 13 minors in just three games. Amazingly enough, that’s not the highest in the League right now (the Rangers hold that dubious distinction, having racked up 12 in their first two games), but it is high enough to crack the top ten - tied with the Bruins and Penguins to round out that group.

Thankfully, while the team has worn a path to the penalty box, their penalty killers have for the most part taken care of business and have given up just one power play goal against. Their 92.3% effectiveness is fourth in the League, just a smidge behind the Islanders (92.9%) and the still-perfect Bruins and Kings.