When Ovi is hot, he's hot

Alex Ovechkin is on a tear and it makes things better.
Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals
Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

We are in purgatory Washington Capitals fans. Whether it's a new arena location or staying at Capital One, or who should stay or who should go, we are all arguing to the point where even we had to take some mental health breaks.

We do this for fun and for entertainment. There is no script as much as we all lke to joke there is. But if there was a script we've got Alex Ovechkin being Alex Ovechkin again. And in the end: win, lose, draw, Ovechkin scoring goals is how we all come together because he's our star and our captain.

49 games played. 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points. That's not Ovi like numbers but it was still better than before the All Star break. His six game goal scoring streak is now tied for the second longest streak among players 38 or older in NHL history.

So for the glass half full crowd, they're pumped. He's 58 away from tying Wayne Gretzky and it will be amazing if and when he reaches this. This has been history in the making since he set foot onto the ice in Oct. 2005 for his first NHL game.

So we all know the basic stats but what about the advanced stats? That's where our new friends at NHL Edge come in:

Ovechkin's speed is obviously slow which makes this recent tear impressive. He averages a 21.69 miles per hour top skate speed. The league average is 22.05 which places him below 50th.

Yes the Russian Machine batteries might be breaking. He only has six speed bursts over 20 miles per hour all season while the league average is 51. Despite this, it looks like that "machine" doesn't want to completely break. But it could come soon.