The Hockey News web columnist Adam Proteau has been offering a breakdown of each division with his predicted order of finish. Today, he breaks down the Southeast Division, where he picks the Caps 1st.
Why 1st? Because dammit, what would a pre-season NHL prediction series be without at least one shocker pick for a new, worst-to-first division champ?
The thing is, on paper, the Capitals are far from the basement dwellers they were last year. The sense some NHL observers have about the Caps is, while they’re not yet genuine Stanley Cup contenders, they’ve got the components to mirror Atlanta’s 2006-07 campaign (i.e. road warriors in the regular season, roadkill in the playoffs).
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