Here's a potentially scandalous notion for all the Caps fans out there: The Caps are not playing their best hockey right now.
It's true. Washington can't seem to get out of its own way at the start of games and have now allowed the first goal in 11 of their last 13 games. It cost them against the New York Rangers in a game in which Henrik Lundqvist was not even playing.
So why is there no panic in D.C.? Why isn't Mike Milbury and the national media tearing them apart and saying, "same old Capitals, peaking way too early"?
Because they just keep on winning.
As I said before, this team has allowed the opposition to score first in 11 of their last 13 games. Their record in those 13 games is 9-4-0.
The Anaheim Ducks are the hottest team in the NHL right now with a point streak of 14 games. The Ducks have earned an incredible 26 points in that stretch. How many have the "slumping" Caps earned in their last 14? Twenty.
The "slumping" Caps earned just six fewer points than the Ducks, the hottest team in the league.
Now, let's be realistic. The playoffs are a different animal. The Caps cannot survive in the postseason if they continue to yield the first goal every game. But they still have a month to pull themselves out of this slump.
What's keeping other NHL GMs and coaches up at night is thinking about just how good this Caps team will be when they put a full 60 minutes together, rather than just 40.