Halfway through the season and the Kings are falling, hard. If they keep it up, they won't even have a chance to defend their crown in the playoffs.
Halfway through their first season under Barry Trotz, the Caps are as close to the division lead as they are to being out of the playoffs.
Nicklas Backstrom will probably spend All-Star weekend on some beach, somewhere. His teammates can't explain why.
The Capitals are learning how to protect leads. They are also winning when Alex Ovechkin doesn't score.
Troy Brouwer's early goal gave got the Capitals off to a fast start against the Red Wings. Here's how they held on.