Will the Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup?

Sam Wanamaker, Reporter

For the past two years Capital fans have been waiting for a year like this. Last year we acquired T.J Oshie from the St. Louis Blues, which set fans up thinking that a line with Oshie, Nickolas Backstrom, and Alex Ovechken would guarantee a spot in the conference championship and a struggle for the “Cup” as NHL players call it.

After beating Philadelphia Flyers in the first round (Series 3-0). The Capitals had to play our rival Pittsburg Penguins, with Sydney Crosby (Center and Captain), Ovechken (Left wing and Captain) the rival between Capitals and Penguins is palpable. They have played against each other a lot in their years in the NHL, for example one game they both had hat tricks.

This year Capitals made a huge trade with the St. Louis Blues again for one of the top five defensemen in the league Kevin Shattenkirk. Shattenkirk is one of the top power play players with the most points as a defensemen, and helping out the other players with his passing. Considering Capitals have the best Power Plays in the NHL, even announcers and ESPN analysis think that they will score more goals with Shattenkirk in the lineup.

This seems like the year Capitals will beat the Penguins, with the trades that happened in the 2015- 2016 season. Capitals are in first in the Metropolitan Division with 95 points and also the best in the NHL. The next closest team is the Minnesota Wild with 90 points.

I think that the Capitals will win it all this year, they score on average more than three points a game and for some teams it’s hard just to get a point. Plus their goalies are playing with fire in their gloves, they are averaging .929 saves a game with eight shutouts within the season so far. With 17 games left in the season stats will be effected.