This week, the Caps went 2-1-1 with a shutout win against the Habs, a loss against the Bruins, another shutout win against the Panthers, and a stupid, terrible, highway robbery of a loss against the Jets. They outscored (!!!) their opponents 10-6 and came away with 5 of 8 possible points. Brooks Laich went down in the middle of the Bruins game, only to return to the ice apparently unbothered by devastating knee injuries like a normal human would be. Vokoun pitched two shutouts, peaking with a 42-save shutout of his old team, the Florida Panthers and ending with a .953 SV% for the week. A few weird things happened, and most of them seemed to go against the Caps, but some of them worked out so much better than we expected. The Caps are in 9th place in the conference as of today, but they’re dead even in points with the Panthers with only more game played, and if the Caps keep trending upward in shots and chances, they’re probably going to be all right.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Scott Gomez finally scored a goal, it’s a dangerous season to be an NHL coach, the Red Wings/Maple Leafs Winter Classic was officially announced, officially humangous big, Max Pacioretty reminded us that hockey players are generally pretty great guys, and Sharks great Owen Nolan retired.
If you’re wondering the most important question – how does everything in the world apply to the Washington Capitals? – we’ll break it down for you after the jump.