The Washington Capitals had a four-game homestretch and won all of them. In total, they’re 12 games undefeated at Verizon Center and 11 of those with five goals or more. The Caps won the first two games with shutouts, by 5-0 over the LA Kings and Carolina Hurricanes. In the last two, the Capitals scored six goals for the win.
It’s important to note how the offensive and defensive players are doing their jobs. If a team wants great achievements, all of their members must work well and harmoniously. And the Caps have got that. The top-six and the bottom lines are scoring and adding points to their totals.
The Caps are now the second team with the most goals at 192. Their rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are leading by 193. But the gap was even bigger last month when the difference was around 20 goals. The defensemen are still doing a great job, keeping the team as the one which suffered fewer goals, with 121.
The goaltending? Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer noted a shutout each. Holtbeast got his 14th straight win, tied for the second-longest by a goalie in NHL history. In the season, Holtby has 29 wins, ranking third. The first place is tied between Sergei Bobrovsky and Devan Dubnyk.
In their last game against the Ducks, the Caps won by 6-4. With the first goal, scored by TJ Oshie, he recorded 400 points and Nick Backstrom, with the assist, reached 700 points. Backstrom is ranked second in points, with 60, tied with Sidney Crosby. The leader is Connor McDavid, with 61.
The Caps have reached an important mark. They tied a record with the Boston Bruins as the team in NHL history to score 5+ goals in 11 straight home games. The Bruins’ 1970-71 roster, which reached the record, featured three Hall of Famers: Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr and Johnny Bucyk.
The Caps head into bye week leading the NHL and as the only team to reach the 80’s, with 84. After, they head into a three-game road and the first foe is the Red Wings, at Feb. 18.