The Caps are at it again. They are piling up points at a dizzying pace and are one of the best teams in the league. Skeptics may point to the team’s 10.3 percent shooting percentage or 65.5 goals-for percentage as unsustainable, and they wouldn’t be entirely wrong. But even if the Caps percentages regress to a seemingly more sustainable level, they are still one of the best teams in the league.
“But,” they say “will this last?” Or will the Caps have another juggernaut of a regular season end in playoff disappointment?
I’ll spare you the details of why I believe regular season success is more meaningful than playoff success and how randomness can sometimes cause the better team to lose a seven-game series. Instead, we’ll hear from a couple smart, insightful folks from around the league. I asked both of them the same question: in about two sentences, do you think this is the Caps’ year? Here’s what they said:
(If you aren’t already following these great folks on Twitter, I highly recommend it. Click their names.)
Just like many seasons during the Ovechkin era, this could be the year. But maybe it won’t be.
Let’s dig into the numbers through 53 games for a Caps team that is again considered a legitimate threat to win it all.
The Washington Capitals in graphs
The key markers are strong. PDO is running hot. GF% remains off the chart. This is a good and lucky team. pic.twitter.com/kZFFRN1Ny7
— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) February 6, 2017
All stats from Corsica unless otherwise noted or linked
Headline photo: Patrick McDermott
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