Green calls this year’s Caps ‘the best team we’ve had overall’

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green

The Washington Capitals aren’t going to finish the regular season with 121 points, like they did in 2009-10.

They’re not going to score 318 goals, either.

Still, according to defenseman Mike Green, this season’s version of the Caps is the best he’s played for.

“By far the best team we’ve had overall,” Green told ESPN’s Craig Custance on Sunday. “In my 10 years here, absolutely.”

Certainly, there’s a lot to like. The Caps are top 10 in both goals and goals against. They’ve got the NHL’s best power play, thanks in large part to having the NHL’s top scorer in Alex Ovechkin. The defense is deep. The goaltending has been excellent. There’s no shortage of size. And, of course, new coach Barry Trotz has brought and implemented his trademark structure.

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The HockeyFanLand Insight:


From the outset of the season, I have been adamant that the Washington Capitals would make the playoffs. I think, as hockey fans, we all knew that if this organization bought into Barry Trotz game plan we would hear praise from players like Mike Green.. Alex Ovechkin is a fan favorite. I have always hoped he would have a chance to win a Stanley Cup. I agree with Mike Green. This might be the year for the Caps’. The team has definitely done all of the right things to suggest they are legitimate Stanley Cup contender.