No team created in the post Original Six era has more 50 win seasons than the Washington Capitals. With five such seasons in team history, they trail only the Boston Bruins (nine), Montreal Canadiens (seven), and Detroit Red Wings (six).
Since the 2004-2005 lockout…
- The Caps have the second-best scoring offense in the league at 2.99 goals per game. Only Pittsburgh is better (3.05).
- Washington has the best scoring offense on the road (2.86 goals per game).
- The Caps have the league’s most efficient power play overall (20.6 percent) and the most efficient power play on home ice (21.3 percent).
- Only one team has a worse penalty kill on the road than the Caps (79.6 percent) – Toronto (79.2 percent).
- They have the second best shooting percentage (9.862 percent to 9.886 percent for Pittsburgh).
- No team has scored more third period goals than the Caps (tied with Pittsburgh with 992).
- No team has scored more overtime goals than the Caps (69).
- Only five teams have more wins than the Caps (515) – San Jose (547), Detroit (532), Pittsburgh (536), Anaheim (527), and the New York Rangers (522).
- Only four teams have more standings points than the Caps (1148) – San Jose (1199), Detroit (1193), Pittsburgh (1173), and Anaheim (1168).
- Mike Green has the highest goal total in a season among 797 defensemen to dress over this period (31 in 2008-2009).
- Alex Ovechkin has seven of the 20 50-goal seasons recorded over this period.
- Ovechkin has four of the 13 20-power play goal seasons over these years and is the only player to do it more than once. He has 82 more power play goals (212) than the second-place player on the list (Thomas Vanek: 129).
- Ovechkin is the only player in the league to have logged more than 4,000 power play minutes of ice time (4,459).
- The Caps have five of the 28 100-point seasons over this period (Ovechkin has four of them; Nicklas Backstrom has one). Only Pittsburgh has more (eight).
- Only Henrik Sedin (seven) and Joe Thornton (six) have more 60-assist seasons than Backstrom (five).
See… it hasn’t been so bad.