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The Noon Countdown: Second Best

A look at how the Caps dominated in the middle frame

Washington Capitals v New Jersey Devils Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images

22 - Number of days remaining until the start of the Capitals’ 2021-22 season. But it’s also...

...the Caps’ positive goal differential in the second period last season. That was the third-highest second period differential in the League last season, and was one of only six differentials of 20 goals or more in any single period.

Goal Differential by Period 2020-21

Team GF in P1 GA in P1 P1Diff GF in P2 GA in P2 P2Diff GF in P3 GA in P3 P3Diff
Team GF in P1 GA in P1 P1Diff GF in P2 GA in P2 P2Diff GF in P3 GA in P3 P3Diff
Colorado Avalanche 55 41 14 79 35 44 59 53 6
Carolina Hurricanes 41 33 8 66 38 28 63 57 6
Washington Capitals 55 42 13 78 56 22 51 60 -9
Florida Panthers 50 42 8 67 50 17 61 56 5
Toronto Maple Leafs 61 38 23 66 53 13 54 50 4
Pittsburgh Penguins 58 46 12 65 52 13 65 55 10
Winnipeg Jets 48 52 -4 62 51 11 54 48 6
Vegas Golden Knights 57 34 23 55 45 10 69 43 26
Boston Bruins 44 34 10 52 42 10 64 53 11
Edmonton Oilers 57 49 8 64 54 10 58 49 9
New York Rangers 50 46 4 61 51 10 63 54 9
Montréal Canadiens 46 46 0 62 53 9 47 58 -11
Arizona Coyotes 39 62 -23 49 40 9 60 68 -8
Tampa Bay Lightning 53 41 12 62 56 6 59 47 12
Dallas Stars 39 45 -6 57 54 3 56 41 15
Calgary Flames 46 50 -4 56 55 1 50 53 -3
Detroit Red Wings 38 52 -14 41 43 -2 45 66 -21
New York Islanders 52 37 15 44 48 -4 52 36 16
Nashville Predators 36 44 -8 48 53 -5 62 55 7
Los Angeles Kings 40 62 -22 52 57 -5 49 44 5
Anaheim Ducks 37 49 -12 46 53 -7 37 68 -31
St. Louis Blues 54 46 8 52 63 -11 55 52 3
Chicago Blackhawks 45 46 -1 51 64 -13 56 69 -13
Minnesota Wild 60 40 20 46 61 -15 67 54 13
Ottawa Senators 46 62 -16 52 68 -16 54 55 -1
Buffalo Sabres 34 54 -20 51 67 -16 49 71 -22
Philadelphia Flyers 41 63 -22 50 67 -17 64 63 1
New Jersey Devils 42 54 -12 43 61 -18 56 72 -16
San Jose Sharks 44 52 -8 47 72 -25 54 68 -14
Vancouver Canucks 46 53 -7 44 72 -28 55 59 -4
Columbus Blue Jackets 42 41 1 38 72 -34 51 62 -11