- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 12, 2019

There’s perks that come with sitting atop the NHL standings.

About one-quarter of the way into the 2019-20 season, the Washington Capitals have become the favorites to take home the Stanley Cup, according to BetOnline.ag’s odds.

The Capitals are 17-to-2 favorites after opening the season with 12-to-1 odds. They’re ahead of the other top teams in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, who each have 10-to-1 odds as of Wednesday.

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The Capitals are 13-2-4 (30 points) through 19 games and hold a 5-point lead over the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division. They have earned at least one standings point in 12 straight games, going 10-0-2 in that span, and they lead the NHL in goals with 76, 11 more than the team in second.

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