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Last Perfect Team

With a 7-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings last night, the Washington Capitals are the only remaining team that has won all their games so far this season.  They have a 7-0 record, which puts them first overall in the league.  They have a +16 +/- so far this season, when no other team is better than +8.  At this early point in the season, Washington looks like the strongest team in the league. 

The Capitals won the East Conference last year and added a strong goalie in Tomas Vokoun in the off season.  Vokoun has a very strong .944 saves percentage and a 1.80 GAA so far this season.  Our Capitals blogger Matthew Tate tried to fan the flames of a goalie controversy when Michal Neuvirth played the first game of the season but it wasn’t to be.  It appears to have been largely a media construct.

Washington is yet to have some of their stars take off offensively.  Only Nicklas Backstrom has more than a point per game with 10 points so far.  Alexander Ovechkin has seven points so far this season, which has him on the outside of the scoring race.  There is depth with Alexander Semin, Mike Knuble, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault and Jason Chimera all scoring, but not at league leading levels.  They are also getting offence from their defencemen.  Dennis Wideman and Mike Green have both been scoring.  Their depth is a group of solid defensive players in Karl Alzner, John Carlson and Jeff Schultz.  This is certainly a good team.  It is the kind of team that could finish first overall this season.

I imagine it is only a matter of time before Alexander Ovechkin gets going offensively and when that happens Washington should be even better.

The Washington Capitals have been the best team in the league so far this season.  They have a strong 7-0 record so far this season and had a very dominant game last night.  They look like a strong team and are potentially the elite team that the NHL needs to provide memorable playoff performances for a few years.

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Thanks for linking the article. I do think it should be pointed out that Michal Neuvirth has been hurt the past couple of games.  He sat the bench for the TB game but has not suited up since.  I agree Vokoun has been stellar, but I do think Neuvirth probably would have seen a start over the last 5 games had he been available.  It was either play Vokoun or play Dany Sabourin.

Posted by Matthew Tate on 10/23/11 at 03:45 PM ET

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