My prediction for this Washington Capitals season:
The Capitals will finish 51-23-8 for 110 points. They will win the Southeast Division and finish first overall in the East.
Within the division, many of the teams have improved, which will hurt the Caps win totals, but still no Southeast team will really challenge the Caps. The Capitals also have young players on the team, which is good in the long run and should help the team in the playoffs, but the Caps will lose many games they should have won early in the season because of youthful mistakes, especially among the goalies.
Among individual Caps:
Tomas Fleischmann will be traded by New Years. He will be replaced in the lineup by Mathieu Perreault.
Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mike Green will make the All-Star Game. Alexander Semin will play the bongos during the intermission.
Rookie Point Totals:
Marcus Johansson: 10-35-45
John Carlson: 9-30-39