The Washington Capitals are headed into the break with an even better chance of making the playoffs than last season.
According to a new ESPN Insider article, the Capitals’ chances of making it back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs are 50.5% to 43.5%.
That’s an improvement over last year’s 54.5%-42.5%, when the Capitals had a 47.3% chance of getting back to a playoff spot.
Thats an increase of 3.5 percentage points from the previous season.
The Capitals were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs last year, which is why this is an exciting time for Washington.
The Capitals are in the midst of a rebuild, and the team’s top players like Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Braden Holtby, Brooks Laich, and Brooks Lavery are all on long-term contracts.
If they can find some more offense in the lineup and stay healthy, they could easily be one of the hottest teams in the league.
The new coach is Braden Gillies, who took over the team in October and is a former head coach for the Minnesota Wild.
He spent seven years with the Wild before he was hired by the Capitals in March.