The Washington Capitals have been playing great all-around hockey to start the 2019-20 NHL regular season. With a record of 24-6-5, there is no wonder that the team is in first place not only in their division but in the entire league. The Caps lead the league in GF (Goals For) and are in the top ten for GA (Goals Against). Washington has played great both on the road and at home — something many professional sports teams can’t accomplish consistently.
Of course, the Caps and their fans enjoyed a Stanley Cup championship only two years ago when the team defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in five games. In my opinion, there is a great reason to believe that the Caps will hoist Lord Stanley’s prized possession once again this season.
When one looks at how successful the Capitals have been and can be this season, it comes to their depth in scoring and defense. Obviously, stars like Alex Ovechkin, Nikolas Backstrom, and John Carlson are big reasons as to why the team is winning so many games early. However, it also boils down to how deep this team really is. Eleven players already have double-digit point tallies, which is a very impressive feat in itself. Fifteen players have a positive +/- rating, which again is an incredible stat to hold.
The team has enjoyed abundant scoring and strong defense, which translates to victories and points in the standings. Not many teams have both a successful offense and defense, which differentiates them come playoff time.
The goaltending for Washington has not even hit its full potential, as Braden Holtby has not been playing as well as we know he can. But it has not affected the results of games to this point. Once Holtby figures it out, this team will be unstoppable by almost every team in the NHL.
On top of all of this, special teams for the Caps has been amazing as well. They own the sixth-best powerplay and fourth-best penalty kill in the entire league! Teams can live or die by special teams, and Washington has thrived so far.
With all of this being said, this Washington Capitals team, barring any extreme injuries or setbacks, is very special. The talent level mixed with great coaching could lead this team to their second Stanley Cup Championship.
I can see them getting it done, and going back on top of the hockey world.