In this week’s snapshot, Peter offered his assessment of the Caps’ chances this Spring in the playoffs:
However they looked in October¬†and whatever hot streaks we‚Äôve seen this season, the Capitals are not a championship team. (Or, if they are, we haven‚Äôt seen evidence of it lately.) They‚Äôre not bad like under Adam Oates (and for that I am grateful) but they‚Äôre not great. They‚Äôre just good.¬†They‚Äôre a good team with a¬†good coach.
Unless the bounces go bad or they draw a tough team, these Capitals should make it into the second round of the playoffs.¬†No further.
I tend to agree with Peter. The Caps are a solid team. And while anything can happen once you get into the playoffs, I wouldn’t put any kind of money on this being the Caps’ year. They are a good team, but they are not currently a Cup-caliber team.
But, like I said, anything can happen once you’re in the playoffs. So let’s look at three reasons the Caps could win the Cup, beyond the fact that hockey, much like life, is often more random and unpredictable than we can comprehend. And then to be end on a downer, we’ll look at three reasons the Caps won’t win the Cup.