Positives and Negatives from the Start of the Washington Capitals' 2013 Season

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Positives and Negatives from the Start of the Washington Capitals' 2013 Season
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As rough as the start of the 2013 season has been for the Washington Capitals, it has not been all bad. And following the Caps 5-0 thrashing of the Florida Panthers on Saturday night (ESPN), Caps' fans, for the first time all season, were able to smile for a while and hope that the worst is behind them.

What is behind the Caps thus far though has been pretty bad.

Taking stock of the Caps' 2013 season so far is not a particularly fun exercise for those who routinely Rock The Red.

With a record of 3-8-1, the Caps are officially the worst team in the NHL. And yet they are only five points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Half of the Caps' losses have been by one goal. Turn that around and the Caps would be 7-4-1 and 15 points would have them ranked third in the East.

So, if one wants to have a "the glass is half full" mentality, one could say that the Caps are not that far away from being a good team.

Then again, there are other numbers and stats that paint a darker and more negative picture.

The Caps are averaging only 2.50 goals-per-game, which has them ranked 21st in the NHL. They are giving up 3.42 goals-per-game, which has them ranked 27th in the NHL. Their penalty kill percentage sits at 71.7 percent, which has them ranked 28th in the NHL. With 161 penalty minutes, the Caps are the ninth most penalized team in the NHL.

On the other hand, the Caps' power play has started to click. At 22.7 percent efficiency, the Caps' power play is ranked ninth in the NHL.

As you can see, there are a lot of negatives to discuss so far in the Caps 2013 season—but there are some positives to look at as well.

Let's take a closer look at some of the positives and negatives at the quarter point of the Washington Capitals' 2013 season.

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