Well, we're going to get an idea of where the Caps stand with respect to the elite of the league early.
The Caps have gotten off to a fine 2-0-0 start with ten goals for and five against. But the first seven games for the Caps are quite a test. There are six playoff teams from last year in the mix (last night's opponent -- Toronto -- being the only one not to make the playoffs last year):
at Boston: W, 4-1
Toronto: W, 6-4
Including Toronto, these seven teams averaged 47 wins and 104 standings points last year. Of the six that made the playoffs last year, only perhaps the Rangers could be said to have slipped a notch from last year.
Yes, we're going to get an idea early just how good this group is.