There’s a certain winning mentality that flows through the entire Washington Capitals organization.
There might be a few shaky areas of each team’s game, but they have all managed to hold enormous leads in the divisions and be at the top of their conferences.
Here’s a comparison of Washington, Hershey, and South Carolina:
|Overall PP||1st (25.1)||3rd (20.2)||11th (16.9)|
|Home PP||1st (25.6)||3rd (24.1)||19th (11.6)|
|Road PP||4th (24.7)||16th (15.3)||3rd (22.7)|
|Overall PK||25th (78.6)||1st (91.2)||7th (83.1)|
|Home PK||6th (85.7)||1st (93.2)||15th (79.8)|
|Road PK||29th (72.8)||2nd (88.9)||4th (86.0)|
|Goals For||1st (178)||1st (173)||2nd (151)|
|Goals Against||16th (134)||1st (97)||12th (133)|
A few other notes:
- All three teams have a significant lead in their division: The Caps lead the Southeast by 17 points, and the Bears and Stingrays lead their respective divisions by 16 points.
- In their conferences: the Caps have a 1 point lead, the Bears have a 9 point lead, and Stingrays have a 13 point lead. (This is the latest in a season the Caps have led their conference.)
- The Caps have 18 more goals than anyone in the NHL (Chicago-160). The Bears have 28 more goals than anyone in the AHL (Lowell-145). The Stingrays have 3 less goals than the ECHL lead (Toledo-154).
- Two of the teams have at least three players in the Top 20 point getters in their respective leagues. Washington: 2-Ovechkin, 7-Backstrom, 13-Green and Hershey: 1-Aucoin, 2-Giroux, 6-Gordon. [South Carolina has two in the Top 20, but neither of those players has a contract with the Caps.]
- Alex Ovechkin‘s 30 goals puts him in second in the Rocket Richard race and is two off of the League lead. Keith Aucoin is tied for the AHL league lead with 22 goals and is third with 33 assists. Alexandre Giroux is third in goals with 20. Andrew Gordon is fourth in goals with 19.
- Hershey has broken franchise records for longest win streak (12) and consecutive home victories (12). The previous longest win streak record of 11 was set just last year.