The NHL seems to change its division alignments and scheduling formats almost annually. No sport is as willing to eschew tradition.
The Capitals rank toward the bottom of the league in spending in goal, but have gotten a solid return for their investment. Who is the longterm answer?
The surprise of the Western Conference last season. Old friend Bruce Boudreau took the Ducks from out of the playoffs in his first season with the team to the third-best record in the NHL.
The Capitals have seen top prospects use the prestigious World Juniors tournament as a quick launching pad to NHL success before.