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The Noon Number: Balancing the Blueline

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A look at how Laviolette is getting all of his defensemen into the game

New York Islanders v Washington Capitals Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

6 - Number of Capitals’ defensemen who have played 15 games and are averaging 17+ minutes of ice time a night, the only team in the NHL with that many defensemen seeing as much action - in other words, an incredibly balanced blueline.

10 other teams have five defensemen meeting that criteria (NY Islanders, San Jose, Montreal, Florida, Detroit, Colorado, Boston, Anaheim and Arizona); the rest of the teams have four or fewer.