The Washington Capitals had a crummy first 20 games of the season, but after some line changes, Matt Niskanen’s return from injury, and some home games, the Capitals are back in contention of the Metropolitan Division.
The Capitals have won 7 out of their last 8 games, including 4 consecutive times at Capital One Arena, to make a huge rise up in standings.
For 8 minutes after their 4-2 win over the Rangers, the Capitals were in first place in the Metro. After the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils, the Caps fell to second, but still remained tied for first in total standings points.
Caps 4-2 Rangers: Caps Start 7:08 EST; End 9:32 EST Blue Jackets 5-3 Devils: CBJ Start 7:08 EST; End 9:40 EST
There are 6 teams all within 5 standings points of each other.