Dominance of the Capitals
By Evan Bowman
What’s good TheMove subscribers! This issue lets branch out of the AU campus and take a look at the pride and joy of The District. After their historic season just about a year ago which resulted in the team’s first Stanley Cup, the Capitals are on the verge of greatness again.
With only 27 games to go in the regular season, the Caps are sitting at second in their division, behind the New York Islanders, and it’s safe to say that they will be making playoffs for a fifth straight year. Not to mention critics are saying they are favorites for another Cup run.
There’s a key piece of play in the Capitals arsenal that differentiates them of the remainder of teams in the league: their power play. Now, I won’t dive into the actual science behind what makes their power play so dynamic (I know most WONKS don’t follow professional sports, let alone hockey), but just know that their power play goals have translated to roughly an additional seven standings points. In a league like the NHL where teams are normally so close together in standings, seven points is the difference between last place and a playoff spot.
Power play or not, the Caps have some of the best players in all the league. Undeniably, they have one of the best wingers in all the league in Alex Ovechkin. At just 33 years-old he is already the franchise leader in goals, points, and games played. To say that this is impressive is a major understatement. Add this with the goaltending of Braden Holtby and the assisting potential from Niklas Bäckström, and you can see one of the best lines in all of hockey.
Try and catch a game before the seasons over because I guarantee you will not regret it. Tickets are pretty expensive not going to lie, but the fun of the atmosphere and the fast pace play make it well worth the money.