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I don’t think there are enough words to describe how excited I am to see the Capitals doing so well this season.  Say what you want about Alex Ovechkin being a dirty player, but with or without him in the line up, the Capitals are scary team that you do not want to play against right now.  The Caps are riding a 6 game win streak into tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, who have lost their last two games.  Two of those Capitals wins have been without the great eight, and oh yeah, the Caps scored a combined 14 goals without him in those 2 games.  With this team you can no longer only talk about Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin as the teams offense.  Throughout the season we have seen talented play makers emerge from the 3rd line, 4th line, and even from the AHL call ups from the Hershey Bears.  With that being said, Ovechkin, who has missed eight games this season, is still only one goal behind league leading Marian Gaborik with 21.  Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom are both tied for 5th in the league with 25 assists a piece.  The Capitals offense is still the best in the league, averaging 3.60 goals a game

The score sheet has grown accustom to adding the names Fleischmann, Fehr and Laich.  Brooks Laich and Fleischmann both have 10 goals and 25 and 17 points, respectively.   Eric Fehr is currently riding a 7 game scoring streak as he has collected a 15 points in 20 games this season, something the Caps have seen happen quite frequently as Mike Green has passed the 7 game scoring streak twice already this season.  Five other Caps players have put together scoring steaks of at least 4 games or more.  Eleven different players on the Capitals roster have tallied at least ten points through the first 30 games of the season.  And don’t think this team is strictly an offensive power house, The Caps defense is ranked 10th in the league, averaging 2.67 goals against, while rookie net minder Semyon Varlamov ranks 7th in both save percentage and goals against average.  Varlamov is also boasting a 12-1-2 record, which is good enough for tops amongst rookies.

The list of unbelievable stats for the Caps goes on and on, here are just a few for you to ponder…

– In the month of December, the Caps are averaging 5 goal a game while only allowing 1.5 goals against.

– Semyon Varlamov is leading the league with fewest regulation losses amongst starting goaltenders with 1 and Jose Theodore is tied for 4th with only 3 regulation losses.

– The Capitals power play unit ranks first in the league at 24.4 %, scoring 31 power play goals in 30 games.

– Brooks Laich is tied for 6th in the league with 6 power play goals, Ovechkin is next with 5 on the season.

– Mike Green has 12 power play assists on the season, which is good enough for 5th overall, and Backstrom is the next closest Capital with 10 power play assists.

– Mike Green is leading all defenders with 30 points (5 goals and 25 assists in only 29 games played).

– With 44 points, the Washington Capitals are 1 point ahead of the San Jose Sharks for most points in the league and 3 points ahead of the New Jersey Devils for tops in the Eastern Conference.

– With a 7-0 record against the Southeast Division, the Capitals are a comfortable 11 points ahead of the 2nd place Atlanta Thrashers in their Division.

– 22 games is the fastest it has taken Ovechkin to reach the 20 goal mark, 27 games was the next fewest in the 2007-08 season where Ovechkin finished with 65 goals.

– 9 players on the Capitals have had 2 goal games 22 different times this season.

– Ovechkin has been the first to score in 7 games this season for the Capitals, that is the most in the NHL.

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Despite nearly blowing a three goal lead last night against the Atlanta Thrashers, the Capitals are riding a 6 game winning streak into tonight’s game against the New York Islanders.  I know that earlier on I mentioned Ovechkin was on pace for a record breaking season, but since then Ovechkin has slowed down a bit.  And by Ovechkin’s standards, that means slowing down to 22 point through 12 games this season.  Ovechkin’s 13 goals are good enough for best in the league and he also is first in the plus/minus rating at 11.  Ovechkin’s line mates are not to be forgotten as well, both Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Semin rank in the top 25 in points this season with 16 and 13 points respectively.  Might I also remind you the Semin misses 2 games earlier in the season in which the Capitals scored a combined 8 goals.  Backstrom, known as a set up man, has already tallied 13 assists this season, which is good enough for 2nd place in the league, one assist behind Joe Thonton.

The Caps have built up a comfortable lead in the Southeast Division, putting themselves ahead of the second place Lightning by 7 points.  Their 18 points is good enough for second place overall in the Eastern Conference, just 2 points shy of the Penguins (Boo!).  The interesting thing about the Caps season so far is that they are just as good on the road as they are at home; the Caps have a 4-1-1 record for both home and away games.  Last season we saw Washington struggle on the road, losing 10 of their first 14 games away from Verizon Center.  And say what you want about the Capitals defense but the team’s two goaltenders have been playing out of their minds.  Young Semyon Varlamov has played in 6 of the team’s 12 games, and won all but one of those games.  His five victories is most amongst rookie goaltenders, and that 6th game, doesn’t go down as a loss for Varlamov because he was pulled after 2 periods against the Flyers on October 10th.  Theodore might not have as many wins as Varlamov, but he has kept the Caps in every single game he has played.  Theodore’s .922 save percentage is 4th in the league.

Tonight, the Capitals host the 2-4-5 New York Islanders at 7:00pm on Comcast SportsNet Plus.  One of the Islanders’ 5 overtime losses came against the Caps on October 24th in a 3-2 loss.  The Islanders had a surprising 2-0 lead through 2 periods in that game until a fire was lit under Capitals’ defenseman Mike Green’s stick.  Green scored the first goal and assisted the game winner in overtime last Saturday.  Green is currently riding a seven game point streak, where he has tallied 2 goals, 6 assists, and a +4 rating during that time.  Mike Green is currently tied for 6th in the league amongst defensemen with 10 points through 12 games this season.

This time around I don’t expect to wait until the third period to start scoring against the Islanders, you can expect a heavy dose of the team’s top line and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Capitals power play unit adding several goals.  Last time the Caps face the Islanders they were 0-4 on the power play and gave up a short handed goal.