The Capitals have been whistled for 33 minor penalties through six games this season.
It's a big reason why they've started 1-4-1, as nine of the 22 goals they've allowed have come on the penalty kill, which is good for the league's 25th-ranked unit. Some of the Capitals believe things are getting called tighter thus far. "It's been called tighter than I've really ever been a part of, I think," center Jay Beagle said. "Just with some of the penalties called, you know you can't get away with anything right now."