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The Noon Number: Shorthanded Swagger

A look at the team’s PK prowess of late

Columbus Blue Jackets v Washington Capitals Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

94.4 - The Capitals’ net penalty-killing percentage over the last eight games, fifth-best over that span (going back to 12/23). The Caps have given up just two power-play goals in the last eight for an overall PK rate of 88.9 (sixth-best), and picked up a shorthanded goal in their win over the Rangers to bring their net score up over 90%.

As always, it helps when the team takes fewer penalties and then can kill the ones they take, and this stretch has been a disciplined one for the Caps. In six of the eight games, they’ve taken fewer than three penalties per game, including two games in which they were nabbed for just a single infraction.