The Capitals went through some tough times to start the season. Through the month of October, the managed only a 5-6-1 record. They suffered a number of injuries including one to Matt Niskanen, perhaps the team's most important defenseman. And to top it all off, they had the hardest schedule in the NHL through October.
And yet, through it all, Washington currently sits tied for second in the Metropolitan Division, they are getting healthier and the schedule is not as daunting as what they originally faced.
This is a team that is used to rolling through the regular season so to see them struggle right out of the gate was jarring for many fans, but the fact is that despite all the disadvantages they faced early on, they still have managed a 10-7-1 record and are just three points out of first place.
For all the panic and the handwringing, for all the questions about Barry Trotz's future, the Caps look like they are just fine for now. Find out how far they climbed in this week's NHL Power Rankings here.