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Washington Capitals Prepared for Deep 2018 Playoff Run

David Baucom

David F. Baucom spent nearly four decades with the US Navy, retiring as a rear admiral (RADM). Over the course of his career, he served in a number of roles, including time as a White House Social Aide under President Ronald Reagan. During his time in the Washington, DC, metro area, David Baucom developed an interest in the Washington Nationals and the Washington Capitals.

Winners of 56 and 55 regular-season games over the course of the last two National Hockey League (NHL) seasons, the Washington Capitals have once again been named betting favorites for the 2018 Stanley Cup title. Joining the league ahead of the 1974-1975 season, the Capitals made their first and only Stanley Cup Final two decades ago. Following a 40-win 1997-1998 regular season, Washing survived a six-game opening-round series consisting of five overtime periods against the Boston Bruins before ultimately advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Capitals were swept in four games, losing to the Detroit Red Wings.
Leading up to the 2017-2018 season, five Caps finished the 2016-2017 season with at least 56 points. These players include Nicklas Backstrom, who led the team with 63 assists, and Alex Ovechkin, scorer of a team-high 33 goals. Further, Washington retained for eight more seasons T.J. Oshie, the 30-year-old wing who provided the Capitals with 23 assists, while matching Ovechkin’s 33 goals. The team also resigned forward Brett Connolly, a high-value scoring option off the bench. Odds makers have put Washington at 12 to 1 odds to capture the Stanley Cup title, tied with three teams for the second-best odds in the year.

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