With their simulated win over the simulated Tampa Bay Lightning last night, the simulated Washington Capitals wrapped up their first 30 games of this simulated 2012-2013 season. The Caps hit the 30-game mark with a record of 17-10-3. Their 37 standings points have them trailing Carolina by one point in the Southeast Division (17-11-4) and leave them fourth in the Eastern Conference.
To date, the Caps’ longest winning streak has been six games, from October 31st through November 10th. Their longest losing streak has been four games (0-3-1) from October 20th through October 29th. Special teams have been efficient, if in some respects not effective. On the penalty kill the Caps rank fourth, killing off 87.2 percent of their shorthanded situations. On the power play side the Caps rank second in power play efficiency at 21.1 percent. However, they rank last in the league in power play opportunities (76).
Scoring-wise, the Caps are fourth overall in the league, averaging 2.97 goals-per game. Allowing 2.53 goals-per-game leaves the Caps 11th in scoring defense.
Goaltending has been consistent, if not spectacular. Michal Neuvirth has appeared in 22 of the Caps first 30 games with a 2.45 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. Braden Holtby has appeared in nine games thus far and has virtually identical statistics – a 2.44 GAA and .920 save percentage. Neither has yet recorded a shutout.
As for the skaters, the leaders are as follows: