3. Caps and Pens are heating up at an opportune time
It was really just a matter of time before Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins started their ascent to the top spot in both the Metro and the East. Washington got hot before the Pens did, but even Pittsburgh is putting it all together.
Last season, the Metro was the toughest and best division in the NHL. The New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pens, and Caps all racked at least 102 points. No other division in the league had more than two teams with more than 100 points.
To hammer home the toughness of the Metro to an even greater degree, the Caps and Pens were the top two regular season teams in the league. And, the Jackets were only one point behind the Chicago Blackhawks (top seed in the Western Conference last year) in fourth place in the NHL.
As most NHL fans know, once the Caps and Pens start rolling, they’re nearly impossible to stop unless they meet each other in the later rounds of the playoffs. While the Canes, Rangers, and New Jersey Devils hold the longest losing streaks in the Metro right now, the Pens and Caps continue to climb.