The Washington Capitals were founded in 1974 and have had some success, especially in recent years. Throughout their history the Capitals have won their division eight times- 1989, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. They have won the Presidents' Trophy once, in 2010, and they have won the Eastern Conference one time, in 1998. Notice a theme in recently? Well, that is because the Washington Capitals are currently anchored and Captained by center Alexander Ovechkin. Alexander Ovechkin is considered to be the second best player of his generation behind Sidney Crosby and one of the greatest goal scorers of all time. Ovechkin was drafted first overall by the Washington Capitals in 2004, Ovechkin joined the team for the 2005-2006 season following the lockout, and overall he has accumulated 275 goals and 895 points overall, astounding numbers.
The Washington Capitals finished the regular season this year with 101 points, tied for the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference. Washington opened the playoffs with a first round matchup against the New York Islanders. The Islanders took the Capitals to seven games, but Washington prevailed in game seven 2-1. The Capitals moved on to a round two matchup with the New York Rangers.
The Washington Capitals had a very good 2015-2016 season. The Capitals finished the season with 120 points, running away with the league's best record. In round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs the Capitals drew the Philadelphia Flyers, defeating them in six games. In round two, they drew the Pittsburgh Penguins, and lost in six games. The Capitals entered the offseason without any major needs, so they made many small moves, nothing of note however. Basically this is yet another team that banked on building on the success of the previous season. So far this season they not off to the best start, as they currently sit with 35 points, good for the sixth-best record in the Eastern Conference.