Friday, December 17, 2010
-- Only four teams in the NHL have more standings points than do the Caps
-- Only five teams have more wins
-- No team has more wins at home
-- The Caps are still a top-ten team in offense
-- The Caps still rank in the top-half of the defense rankings
-- The Caps still have a top-ten power play
-- The Caps still have a penalty kill right on the edge of the top ten
-- Only four teams have more hits
-- They are top-ten in blocked shots
-- Only two teams have more takeaways
-- They are a top-ten faceoff team
-- Three of the top eleven point-getters in the league are Caps
-- If the playoffs started today, the Caps would face Atlanta. The Caps have never lost to Atlanta in the post-season.
OK...they've never faced them, either. But quit yer whinin' anyway. That the Caps still rank so highly in so many categories AFTER a seven-game losing streak is a measure -- ok, a perverse measure -- of just how good a team they are and can be.