2012-13: 26-15-7, 59 points
Where they finished: 1st in the Northwest, 5th in the West, 7th in the NHL
It’s widely accepted that the road to the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be tougher for the Capitals next season thanks to realignment and a competitive Metropolitan Division. Some respected pun
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2012-13: 29-17-2, 60 points
Where they finished: 2nd in the Central, 3rd in the West, 6th in the NHL
Coach: Ken Hitchcock (3rd season)
The Capitals never really got to see forward Martin Erat last season.