- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016


LAST SEASON: 56-18-8, 120 points. Won Metropolitan Division. Lost to Pittsburgh Penguins in second round.

COACH: Barry Trotz (third season, 18th NHL season).

ADDED: C Lars Eller, F Brett Connolly.

LOST: LW Jason Chimera, C Mike Richards, D Mike Weber.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Alex Ovechkin. The league’s leading goal scorer over the past four seasons had 50 last year and at 31 is still counted on to be the Capitals’ biggest producer. He has All-Star centers Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov to play with, and should continue his career-long streak of scoring 30-plus goals.

OUTLOOK: Running back almost an identical lineup from last season when they won the Presidents’ Trophy with the most points in the regular season, the Capitals shouldn’t be far off that pace again. Players know after not making it past the second round that they’ll be judged on April and May performance - and perhaps June when the Stanley Cup is decided.

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