Second Wind: Capitals Second Period Dominance Is Sandwiched By Subpar Periods

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The Washington Capitals good start to the 2019-2020 season has been fueled predominantly by work they’ve done in the second period of games. After 12 games, the Capitals have outscored their opponents 21-6 in the middle frame. The Capitals scored all three of their goals in last night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers in the middle frame.

In fact, the Capitals have scored at least one goal in every second period so far this season.

However, on the flip side, the Capitals have been outscored in the first, third and overtime periods in 12 games played so far this season.

The Capitals are the league’s best at scoring and goal differential in the second period. They are 10th in the league in scoring in the first period and 7th in the league in scoring in the final frame, although they are a -2 and -5 in goal differential respectively. The Capitals lead the league in ‘Goals Against’ in overtime with 3.

The Capitals have played a league-high 12 games (tied with Calgary, Dallas and Vegas.)

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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