Despite Bumps in the Road, Caps Are Finishing Strong

WASHINGTON - MARCH 30: Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with Tom Poti #3 after scoring in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at the Verizon Center on March 30, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Via ESPN, the top ten teams (by point percentage) since the Olympic break:


Player GP Record Points Points %
Detroit 18 13-3-2 28 .778
Washington 17 11-2-4 26 .765
Phoenix 16 11-4-1 23 .719
Nashville 19 13-5-1 27 .711
Montreal 16 10-4-2 22 .688
Vancouver 18 11-5-2 24 .667
Pittsburgh 16 9-4-3 21 .656
St. Louis 17 11-6-0 20 .647
Toronto 18 10-5-3 23 .639
N.Y. Rangers 16 8-5-3 19 .594

Over that 17-game span, the Caps have averaged 3.29 goals per game and have allowed 2.65, have converted 25.4% of their power plays and killed 77.6% of their shorthanded opportunities (yep, there's that Achilles' heel again, though it certainly is worth noting that its impact has been mitigated by only averaging 3.4 power plays against per game since the break).

The Caps might have taken their foot off the gas a bit after locking up the Conference and subsequently the League, but take a slightly longer view and things look just dandy (and taking as long a view as possible is always the best idea)... and that's without the best player in the world being the best player in the world. This team at "far from perfect" is still awfully good.

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