As far as regular seasons go, the Washington Capitals
hope this one turns out just like the past three.
For all the postseason disappointment the Capitals have suffered in recent memory, they've also been the class of the Southeast Division for three years running. That includes winning the Presidents' Trophy last season with a 54-15-13 record, the 121 points easily the most in franchise history.
Washington ended up being the only team in the Southeast to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, finishing a whopping 38 points in front of second-place Atlanta. While it's probable that gap will be closed this season, with a number of their competitors improving significantly over the summer, the Capitals remain, unquestionably, the team to beat.
Unfortunately for all their fans in the D.C. area and beyond, come the playoffs that's exactly what has happened.