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The Noon Number: Centuries

A look at some sustained regular-season success for the good guys in red

Montreal Canadiens v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

5 - Number of consecutive 100-point seasons for the Capitals, the longest active streak in the NHL. The Caps finished the 2018-19 season with 104 points, the third-highest total behind Boston and Calgary (tied at 107) and Tampa (128).

Their five-season streak of at least 100 points is tied for the second-longest such run in the NHL since the 2005-06 season; both Anaheim and San Jose have also hit the century mark in five-straight seasons (Anaheim from 2013-18 and the Sharks from 2006-11), while Detroit’s seven-season run from 2005-2012 is currently the League leader over that span.

Teams have topped 100 points a total of 123 times over the last 12 seasons (excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign); of those 123 times, the Caps have gone into triple digits eight times, which ties them for second-most (with Detroit and San Jose) behind only Pittsburgh’s 10. Three of the top five point totals over that span belong to the Caps, with 121 points in 2009-10, 120 in 2015-16, and 118 in 2016-17.

And while the Presidents’ Trophy “curse” is talked about fairly often (perhaps to a fault), it’s interesting to note that even just racking up a ton of standings points does not seem to be a predictor of championships. Teams have accumulated over 110 points in a single season 33 times since 2005-06; of those 33 campaigns, only five have gone on to win the Cup - the Pens in 2017, Chicago in 2010, Detroit in 2008, Anaheim in 2007, and Carolina in 2006 (and only one, Chicago, had the top spot in the League).

Still, you’re better off at least getting to that 100-point mark if you have any sort of hopes of prolonged postseason success... of the last 12 Cup winners playing a full 82-game season, only the 2009 Penguins (99) and 2012 Kings (95) finished with fewer than 100 points.