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Ten Games Left to Top Personal Bests

As the clock winds down on what will undoubtedly be considered the greatest regular season in franchise history, several Capitals are in the midst of their own individual best seasons. With ten games to go, here's a look at where the skaters who have been here all season stand relative to their career highs in goals, assists and points (note: a plus indicates that the player has already topped his personal best while a minus indicates how far from tying his career mark he is, with the number representing by how much; click on any player's name for his full stat line):

Player Goals Assists Points
Nicklas Backstrom
+7 -7
Matt Bradley -1 0 -1
John Erskine
-1 -3 -4
Eric Fehr
+8 +3
Tomas Fleischmann
+2 +7 +11
Boyd Gordon
-3 -17
Mike Green
-14 +11
Mike Knuble
-9 -10
Brooks Laich
+1 +2
Quintin Laing
+1 -5 -4
Brendan Morrison
-13 -17
Shaone Morrisonn
-2 -2 -2
Alex Ovechkin
-20 -2
Tom Poti -8 -20 -26
Jeff Schultz
-2 +3
Alexander Semin
-5 -7 -8
Tyler Sloan
+1 -1 0
David Steckel
-4 -2 -6

Can Alex Semin score six goals in ten games? Will Alex Ovechkin keep up his 1.56 points-per-game pace and tie or best his career-high point total? Will Matt Bradley score the goal or two that will cement this as a career year, statistically, for him? And so on.

To a man, the players on this team will tell you that individual stats and achievements don't mean much. And with expectations set where they are, they're right.  But that doesn't mean we shouldn't search for something to watch for over the next couple of weeks take a moment to look at what these guys have done at an individual level - during a special season, it's important to stop and smell the roses along the way.