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The numbers don't lie: An in-depth look at the Sharks-Capitals matchup

Updated: October 15, 2009, 4:43 PM ET
By ESPN.com

Our local puckheads from ESPN's Stats & Information group put together a few thoughts to ponder heading into tonight's Game of the Week (Sharks at Capitals, 7 p.m. ET):

The Joe Thornton factor Joe Thornton's playmaking ability has benefited his linemates in recent seasons. Will he do the same for new Shark Dany Heatley?

In his first season with San Jose, Thornton helped Jonathan Cheechoo score 56 goals in 2005-06. (Cheechoo was part of the Heatley trade and is now ...

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