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Brent Sopel

NHL Eastern Conference team-by-team preview

1. Washington Capitals

2009-10 record: 54-15-13, 121 points.

Power play: 25.2% (first). Penalty killing: 78.8% (25th).

Team goals-against average: 2.72 (16th).

Leading scorer: Alexander Ovechkin 50-59 — 109.

Outlook: They squandered a 3-1 series lead and lost to the eighth-seeded Canadiens in the playoff's first round, which should spark them. Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom (33 goals, 68 assists) were the only teammates to exceed 100 points last season, and Mike Green led NHL defensemen in scoring with 76 points.

2. Pittsburgh Penguins

2009-10 record: 47-28-7, 101 points.