Top 3 keys to victory for the Capitals against Sharks

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#1 Shake off the last game

The Capitals came into Black Friday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers with a five game winning streak. That streak came to an end in the form of a 5-0 defeat on their home ice. Not the way you want to end what was an otherwise good homestand.

The Caps not only had a five game winning streak, they also came into Friday’s game with a seven game point streak going 6-0-1. Although they lost, the Caps have been on the rise. They are 9-2-1 in their last 12 games.

The Caps .792 point percentage since Oct. 25 is the third highest in the NHL. The New York Rangers have the highest point percentage with .885 while the Los Angeles Kings have the second highest at .846. The Caps will see the Kings on Wednesday night.

The Capitals are averaging 2.42 goals against per game during the 12 game stretch which ranks fourth in the NHL since Oct. 25 through games played Nov. 25. The Kings are at 1.85, the Pittsburgh Penguins have 2.29, while the Rangers have 2.38, those are the three teams ahead of the Caps.

The Caps have played the fewest games among Metropolitan Division teams with 17 games. The Caps sit fourth in the division going into tonight’s game with a 10-5-2 record and 22 points. They also sit third in the wild card. They’re just a point behind in both standings from going one spot up.

The Capitals boast the third highest point percentage in the Eastern Conference and the ninth highest point percentage in the NHL despite starting the season 1-3-1.

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So shake off the loss of the last game, keep playing good defense and wake up the power play, and they can win. And they need to with a Cup hero in the radio booth over the next five games.