With just six games remaining, the Washington Capitals have climbed into the driver's seat in the Southeast Division and appear poised to capture the franchise's fifth division title in six seasons.
But it hasn't been easy.
After starting the season with just two wins in the team's first 11 games, the Caps came back from the dead and grabbed hold of the lead in the race for the Southeast crown, with the captain and franchise player leading the way.
No, Washington hasn't cemented its status as a Stanley Cup contender, but assuming the Capitals hang on to a postseason berth, there's no reason to count them out at this stage.
Heading into the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, here's a look at the factors in play for the Capitals' postseason drive.