It's been business as usual for the Capitals, who have quietly clawed their way to the top of the NHL standings by going 8-1-1 over the past 10 games. They lead the league in scoring, they are keeping pucks out of their own net no matter who is in the crease and Alex Ovechkin is third in the NHL in scoring.

Meanwhile, the Capitals' Southeast Division rivals are sputtering to the first-quarter pole. The Capitals, who are 13-4-1, lead the second-place Lightning by nine points. They might as well start knitting another division championship banner for the rafters at Verizon Center now.

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Braden Holtby has played well since getting the call from Hershey, and the Capitals have a logjam of young goaltenders. Splitting up playing time is a challenge, but you've got to figure one will pan out in the long run. The question, though, is if one will pan out for them in this season's playoffs.

Here are a couple of quick links for Capitals fans to check out: Katie Carrera of

The Washington Post

wrote that

from young defensemen Karl Alzner and John Carlson, and a

light on the life of two-time league MVP Alex Ovechkin.

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