The Capitals are on their way to their best regular season in Franchise history. With eight games left, the Caps can still get a possible 16 points; which would put them at 127 points on the season. We all know that they aren’t going to win every single game, but could very well take majority. Washington’s Franchise best season they were 54-15-13, giving them 121 points on the year. They haven’t been to the Stanley Cup Final since the 1997-98 season, when they went 40-30-12. There’s a pretty good that the Presidents’ Trophy is going to the Washington Capitals, as they are 12 points ahead of the 2nd place Dallas Stars.
53-16-5 – 111 PTS – 74 GP (8 left)
2009/10 – 54-15-13 – 121 PTS
Lost Conference Quarterfinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 3–4
There are many reasons why the Capitals have been so successful this year. Not only has Ovechkin stepped his game up, passing Patrick Kane on the goal scoring leaderboard, but solid goaltending from Holtby, and a breakout from Kuznetsov help. Braden Holtby has been a machine this year, the Vezina favourite has gone 45-9-4 in 60 starts; proving not only his contract, but his elite value. Evgeny Kuznetsov I’d say is one of the biggest reasons why the Caps have been so successful. Talk about a breakout year, leading the team in points with 73 (20G, 53A). He has been spectacular all of this season, and he is really fun to watch. The amount of skill he has is sickening, and he proves to be a Hart Trophy Candidate. Would the Capitals be where they are without Kuznetsov? I don’t think so. Think about it; Backstrom, Ovechkin, Oshie, Kuznetsov, Carlson, Holtby. Not bad. Adding playoff veterans like Justin Williams and Mike Richards will definitely help, come Playoff time. Can the Capitals bring their Regular Season success into the Playoffs? I think the Caps are for real this year.
Goals: Alexander Ovechkin – 43
Points: Evgeny Kuznetsov – 73
Assists: Evgeny Kuznetsov – 53
Wins: Braden Holtby – 45