On the Road To Win: The Capitals’ Road Performances This Spring Have Been Key to Their Unprecedented Run

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The Capitals’ regular season in and of itself was an unequivocal success in its own right, but the team’s run to the Eastern Conference Final has far exceeded the expectations heading into the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. While there have been a number of key factors involved in their spring success, their play on the road has arguably been the most crucial. 

In 14 games played thus far in the playoffs, the Capitals have a road record of 7-1, which includes winning the first two games of the Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning by a combined score of 10-4, easily dominating the Bolts in almost every aspect of the game. While the Caps’ performances in their most recent two road games is impressive, it is nothing new to the team this spring.

In their first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Capitals lost the first two games of the series at Capital One Arena, before winning the next two in Columbus, and winning the sixth game to take the series in six games; in total, the Capitals won three of the necessary four games to advance while on the road, outscoring the Blue Jackets 13-6. The team continued its strong road performance in their second round matchup against the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, winning two of three road games en route to securing the series. In those three games the Caps and Penguins each scored a combined seven goals. Special teams (specifically the power play) has also played a huge part in the Caps’ tremendous road record during the postseason, as in a combined 25 power play opportunities on the road, the Caps have scored eight goals for a conversion rate of 32% (in simpler terms, the team has scored on 32% of their power play opportunities on the road).

The 1997-98 Capitals team that made an equally impressive run to the Stanley Cup Final finished their entire postseason with a 7-1 road record, putting into perspective just how spectacular this season’s team’s performance has been. If the Caps can continue playing like they have on the road in Games 3 & 4, the team has a shot at sweeping the Bolts and advancing to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 seasons.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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3 Responses to On the Road To Win: The Capitals’ Road Performances This Spring Have Been Key to Their Unprecedented Run

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  2. Diane Doyle says:

    In better historical news, the team who has gone up 2-0 in the Conference Finals has gone on to win the series 39 times out of the 41.

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