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The dominance in the Metropolitan Division has been something else.
Columbus Blue Jackets (60 points) have won 18 of their last 21 and have points in 19 of 20.
Pittsburgh Penguins (57 points) have points in 15 of their last 16 games.
The surging Washington Capitals (57 points) have points in 16 of their last 18 games.
The New York Rangers (57 points) are 12-5 in their last 17 games.
After steam rolling through the regular season last year, Washington has flown under the radar a bit this season but are starting to look like the Capitals of last season.
The buzz surrounding the Capitals is there’s some regret in the organization that they mostly stood pat at last years deadline.
This season many are expecting to them to go all-in and add at least one impact player.
The Capitals could have been a couple bounces away from beating the Penguins in Round 2 but their Achilles heel was Pittsburgh’s superior third line and the Penguins ability to torment the Capitals bottom-pairing D, turning costly mistakes into goals.
In the summer the Capitals went out and acquired Lars Eller to be their Nick Bonino and Eller hasn’t had the impact yet that’s been expected, with 3 goals and 4 assists in 39 games.
Washington believes they match up well with Pittsburgh but are said to be on the hunt for a depth scoring forward and d-man to better position themselves.
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