|Outlet||This Week||Last Week||What They're Saying|
|4||3||The Caps have just one game under their belts, but the scoring attack was already on point. Alex Ovechkin only needed a few periods before adding another spectacular goal highlight to his mile-long reel. (October 13)|
|5||5||The Caps looked sloppy in a win over New Jersey, but the tantalizing possibilities of having T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams in the lineup are already becoming evident. (October 12)|
|13||4||The Capitals allowed the Devils to hang around for a while in the Caps' opener before sealing the deal thanks to typical Alex Ovechkin heroics. (October 12)|
|8||4||The Caps opened up their season a bit later than everyone else and played their first game Saturday against New Jersey. They looked a little shaky in the beginning, but their offense came to life in the third period, when they scored three goals, including Alex Ovechkin’s highlight-reel tally. (October 12)|
|10||3||The Capitals’ only loss was Tuesday night against a red-hot Sharks team. Alex Ovechkin didn’t play because of personal reasons. (October 14)|
|9||3||What's good: Nicklas Backstrom (hip) has been cleared for contact and could play Saturday.
What's not so good: Backstrom had to miss any time at all this season.
Best stat: For the first time in their history, the Capitals' first goal of the season came in a shorthanded situation (Jason Chimera). (October 16)
|13||6||Alex Ovechkin's absence Tuesday was curious. The result, a 5-0 beatdown from the Sharks, was not. (October 14)|
|9||4||What can we say after only one game? Well, Alex Ovechkin is still pretty good at scoring goals. (October 13)|
|17||3||Washington has rules, and will enforce them, even if that means the team's best player sitting out for a 5-0 shutout to San Jose because he overslept.
Small sample size stat: Alex Ovechkin is on pace to score 82 points and get benched for 41 games. (October 15)
|8||9||It would appear that this year is Washington’s year, as they’ve stocked up on skilled veterans, and have the depth and goaltending to make a long playoff run this postseason. There are a lot of pundits and analysts who agree, as the Caps are the consensus winner of the Metro Division in Rob Vollman’s analysis of preseason predictions.
Will they win the Metro for sure? No. Do they appear to be the favorite, however? Yep.
Alex Ovechkin and crew have higher hopes than simply winning the division, but getting home ice in the playoffs certainly could help. They’ll have tough competition in Pittsburgh and New York, however (both the Rangers and Islanders). Washington opens their season with a Saturday night matchup against the New Jersey Devils. (October 10)
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