Add on 8 more wins and Pittsburgh has a Stanley Cup summer, where Washington quietly hangs another Presidents Trophy banner and moves on.
The winds of change hit both teams with significant defections of personnel loss. Neither team looks as deep as years past, but both teams should still be among the best in the Eastern Conference.
And it's always intense with a rivalry. Alex Ovechkin has scored about a million goals in the first two games already and is always keyed up to compete against his frie-nemy Evgeni Malkin and nemesis Sidney Crosby.