The Washington Capitals Will Win The Stanley Cup (Because Screw It, It Has To Happen Eventually, Right?)

The young guns become experienced vets. Forget the experts, I believe in the boys in red.

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Because it's hard being a Caps fan. You learn to fear springtime. Since the Caps went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998, Washington's had nine playoff trips — and only three series wins.

Take Alex Ovechkin. He's coming off an MVP season, and he's still getting better at right wing. He's a veteran now in his 9th NHL season — but he's only 28.

And the cast behind him is really exciting. There's Nicklas Backstrom, one of the league's best passers. On the second line, there's Mikhail Grabovski and Troy Brouwer, who've combined for 69 goals the past two seasons.

Braden Holtby's between the pipes — and oh yes, over the past three seasons, he's got a 93% save percentage in even-strength play, seventh best in the league.

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He's got help, too. Mike Green, Karl Alzner, and John Carlson are dominant on the blue line.

Unleash the fury, boys.

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