Washington Capitals: Top 5 observations so far in 2019

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WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 03: The Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals pose for a photo after the Nationals were honored during a pregame ceremony to celebrate the Washington Nationals World Series victory at Capital One Arena on November 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals have bypassed the quarter mark of the season and we already know that this team is for real.

The Washington Capitals had several burning questions entering the season but so far expectations have been met or exceeded with the exception of a few things. Their record is 16-4-4 with 36 points, five points ahead of the New York Islanders and three other teams in second place.

It’s no secret Washington knows how to win in the regular season and it’s another strong showing as they look for their fifth straight Metropolitan Division title. While many teams across the metro division loaded up, some of them have underperformed while the Washington Capitals have shown that the road to the top might just go through them.

We’ll touch on a couple of things here. How has the offense looked this season? Was the defense they looked to upgrade the true blueline they sought after? What about the goaltending? Braden Holtby has played well and Ilya Samsonov is adjusting to life in the NHL. Two players, captains in particular, have each killed it to in their own way

Here are the top five observations from the Capitals so far in the 2019-20 season.

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