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The Noon Number: Two of a Kind

A look at the Caps’ 1A and 1B options in net

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5 - Number of wins for each of Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek since February 25, making them one of two pairs of teammates with as many victories (the Islanders’ Semyon Varlamov and Ilya Sorokin also have five wins apiece over that span).

Since February 16, the Caps have the fourth-best all-situation goals against per 60 in the League (2.26), with Vanecek going 7-2-1/.917/2.17 and Samsonov posting a 5-0-1/.921/2.22 line.

And as impressive as the two European netminders’ numbers have been, it’s important to note that it’s been a team effort - over that span starting February 16, the Caps have allowed the third-fewest shots on goal per 60 and the second-fewest scoring chances (which actually has them at the second-lowest expected goals-against rate, so make of the goalies’ contributions what you will).