Washington Capitals: Early-Season Report Card

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Washington Capitals: Early-Season Report Card
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Roughly three weeks into the 2011-12 NHL Season, the Washington Capitals have established themselves as the most dominant force in the league by reeling off seven consecutive victories to start the year.  

Though the Capitals have been a sensational regular-season team for the past four years, this lineup appears to be more balanced and deeper than any other we've seen during Bruce Boudreau's reign as coach.  

During the club's two big wins over the perennial powerhouse Red Wings and Flyers, the Caps looked more confident in themselves than in previous years, which is a positive sign for the Washington faithful. 

Looking ahead, the Capitals will head out west for a pair of games against Northwest Division teams later this week, with a big test coming on Saturday against the defending Western Conference champion Canucks.  

With that in mind, here's a look at how well the Capitals have performed in each area of the rink thus far.  

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