* Washington went 15-2-2 to close out the 2012-13 regular season, winning the former Southeast Division for the fifth time in the last six years in the process. The Caps were bounced from the 2013 playoffs in the first round by the Rangers in seven games.
* Chicago went 21-0-3 in its first 24 games of 2012-13, establishing a NHL record for most games to begin a season with at least one point. The Blackhawks (77 points) then went on to win the Presidents’ Trophy and their second Stanley Cup in the last four seasons (also 2010).
* These two clubs last met on March 18, 2012, with the Blackhawks taking a 5-2 win at United Center. The Caps and Hawks have played six times since the beginning of 2005-06, and each has skated off with three victories.
* Alex Ovechkin lit the lamp 32 times and added 24 helpers on his way to leading the Capitals in scoring for the eighth consecutive season in 2012-13. Ovechkin caught fire beginning February 23 last year, racking up 27 goals in his last 32 games of the regular season and winning the Rocket Richard Trophy for the third time in his career (also 2007-08 and 2008-09).
* Patrick Kane led the Blackhawks with 55 points (23g, 32a) during the 2012-13 regular season, and with 19 points (9g, 10a) in the playoffs, was awarded with the Conn Smythe Trophy for his efforts. Including a hat trick vs. the Kings in the deciding game of the Western Conference Finals (Game 5), Kane lit the lamp seven times in Chicago’s last eight postseason tilts last year.
* The Capitals led the NHL with a 26.8 power-play percentage in 2012-13. The Blackhawks allowed just 18 power-play goals last season – fewest of any team in the league.
* Washington is now a member of the newly established Metropolitan Division, while Chicago is a member of the “new” Central Division.