The Washington Capitals have eight games remaining in a very irregular regular season. These last few games will be massively important for many reasons, but much has already been settled:
The Caps will make the playoffs. Despite losing Jakub Vrana, they have a lot of high-end scoring talent. Despite brutal deployments, they have strong forward depth. Despite some liabilities, their defense is above average.
Overall, and despite predictions to the contrary, the Capitals are still a damn good hockey team.
We can say all this because we have the confidence granted to us by the standings (first place in the East by a point) and by the deeper data this snapshot exercise explores. But that data also gives me the confidence to say I’m not at all confident in the Capitals’ goalies.