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Three things that could derail the Capitals

The Capitals were the best team of the 2015 calendar year. But there are some potential pitfalls that could derail their Stanley Cup trajectory. Patrick Smith/Getty Images

With the 2015 calendar year in the books, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz shared the final numbers with his team. And they were impressive.

According to Trotz, from January to December 2015, the Capitals had the best record in the NHL, at 55-22-6. The Capitals were third in goals per game and first in goals against. They were No. 1 in goal differential. First on the power play. Second on the penalty kill.

After he shared those numbers with the players, along with the positive results of teams who had achieved similar success, he shared a reminder.

“We won’t be judged on what happens in 2015,” Trotz relayed. “We’ll be judged on what happens in 2016.”

We’re there.