Top 3 keys to victory for the Capitals against Maple Leafs

Another big one and this time it's on home ice.

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
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Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
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#1 Power up the power play

The Caps power play struggled at the start of the season. But they've been hot lately and the other night it was your captain Alex Ovechkin who struck twice on the power play in Calgary.

The multi power play goal effort was Washington's fourth game with said effort in their last 12 contests. Since Feb. 8, the Capitals have converted on 19 of 58 power play opportunities which is tied with the Florida Panthers at 32.8 percent for the highest power play percentage in the NHL.

Since Jan. 1, the Caps own the fourth best power play percentage in the NHL at 28.1 percent. After ranking 31st in power play percentage through their first 34 games of the season for a lowly 11.5 percent, they now rank 20th on the season with a 19.8 percent success rate.

The Caps scored a power play goal in seven straight games from Feb. 24 through March 9 which marked the longest stretch of consecutive games with a power play goal since Dec. 1-13, 2022.

If you want beat the Maple Leafs you HAVE to score on the power play. It's simple math.