Photo: Patrick Smith
Pat documented this well over the weekend, but there’s no harm in repetition: the Washington Capitals look fantastic. After seven games they’re ranked third in puck possession, and they’re somewhere in the top five in standings points per game. They’ve got the second best goal differential in the league and they look like they’re having super duper mega fun times.
That does not mean they’ll win the Stanley Cup. Pardon me for pooping on the party, but at this point last season, the Caps’ score-adjusted possession was just 0.1 percent lower than it is right now. I think the Caps are a better team today than they were in October of 2014, but we’re still only eight percent of the way through the season. It’s too early to draw grand conclusions. This first month of hockey is like a funhouse mirror: nothing is quite what it seems.