After starting off slow this season, and spending a good amount of time in last place, the Washington Capitals are back on track, and are showing they are capable of taking over the lead in the Eastern Conference's Southeast Division.
Washington's latest win came tonight, after shutting out the division-leading Carolina Hurricanes.
Many fans were ready to give up on the season and just give rookie head coach Adam Oates the rest of the year to get his system in place.
However, after rattling off five wins in their past seven games and improving on all sides of the puck, the Caps look like the rust is finally starting to wear off.
Although they are still fifth in their division, there is still plenty of time for them to make up ground, and fans should have every reason to be hopeful for a playoff appearance in 2013.