The Washington Capitals are coming off their best season ever. Their 2015-2016 season began strong, and they continued their impressive success through the whole season ending with 56 wins, 18 losses, and eight overtime losses, leading the entire league in points according to nhl.com standings.
Going into the 2015-2016 playoffs, the Capitals are the eastern conference favorite with star left winger Alexander Ovechkin trying to lead them to the cup for the first time. Ovechkin is coming off another brilliant 50 goal season with 21 assists in a total of 79 games played according to espn.com. Ovechkin is one of the league’s best players yet to win a Stanley Cup, but he is still only 30, leaving him four to seven years remaining in the league as a highly productive player.
After the 2014-2015 season, the Washington Capitals were probably the most active team during the offseason, making many trades. The Capitals acquired many players that have a great amount of experience in the league and the playoffs.
The Capitals acquired Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik from the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are the Capitals’ biggest rival. Both Orpik and Niskanen are currently facing off against their former team in the second round of the playoffs.
The Capitals also added solid two-way forward TJ Oshie from the St.Louis Blues, who is known for his Olympic shootout for team USA against team Russia. They also added Justin Williams from the Los Angeles Kings, who has an extensive amount of playoff experience.
Reagan Chasney said, “I do believe that the trades that the Washingston Capitals made over the offseason will in the end help the Capitals reach the Cup. They have great depth through their lineup and have a great captain.”
After the first series, Ovechkin has put up three goals and two assists in the six games played, which is a real step up from past playoff series.
The Capitals have a great combination of skill, speed and size allowing them to be able to easily compete with any team in the league.
In the frist round of the 2015-2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Capitals faced off against the bruising Philadelphia Flyers. The Capitals won the series 4-2.
In the second round of the 2015-2016 playoffs, the Washington Capitals are battling their biggest rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The key match up is Ovi vs Crosby and Ovechkin’s fellow Russian teammate Evengi Malkin.
The second round of the playoffs is proving to be one of the fastest and most physical matches playoff viewers may see in the entire playoffs. The series is currently tied at 1-1.