By Matt Calamia
For the last handful of seasons, the Washington Capitals have been the dominant force in the Southeast Division. Alex Ovechkin and company won five of the last six division titles, including four in a row from 2008 through 2011. Now, though, the Capitals are exiting that division – it’s been dismantled entirely – and must now join the Metropolitan Division (formerly the Atlantic Division), which over the last several seasons has been one of the most competitive divisions in the NHL.
For years, the regular season has been more of a warm-up for the playoffs in Washington. The Capitals, though, have failed to make much of a splash once Spring arrives, and have not made it beyond the second round of the playoffs since the franchise’s re-immergence during the 2007-08 campaign. To make matters more interesting, the Capitals have been eliminated by the Rangers the previous two seasons.
While there’s no argument Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green and company have the talent to succeed in the highly competitive division, it will certainly be a change of pace from the friendly confines of the now extinct Southeast Division.
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