We don't think there is anyone out there reading this who seriously thinks that the Caps have put together a streak of dominating games so far this season. In fact, one could reasonably argue that the only complete game they've played this year was a 5-1 win over Vancouver on October 13th. But, despite...
-- Two goals from Alex Ovechkin in 12 games
-- Goaltending from Jose Theodore that fairly defines the term "hot and cold"
-- No even strength points from Nicklas Backstrom
-- One point from Chris Clark
-- Viktor Kozlov puttering around at 1-2-3
-- Mike Green having the third highest number of giveaways in the league
-- A power play featuring Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green, Alexander Semin, and Sergei Fedorov that ranks 26th -- 26th! -- in the league
-- The fourth highest number of goals allowed in the first period
-- Having allowed eight goals in the first or last minute of a period
-- Having allowed a goal on the first opponent's shot of a game four times
-- The second worst record in the league (tied with Toronto) when scoring first
-- The worst record in the league (tied with Pittsburgh) when leading after two periods
Despite all that, the Caps are still on a pace for 96 points, which last year would have been good enough for sixth in the Eastern Conference.
When -- and we do mean "when" -- this team finally gets the engine running smoothly, it's going to be a sight to behold.