The wins and save percentage keep going up. The goals-against average and wisecracks keep going down.

Verbal digs at the Avalanche's trade that sent two high draft choices to Washington for goaltender Semyon Varlamov last summer were once plentiful. "Thanks for the lottery pick" was a common sentiment from Capitals fans. As it stands now, the Caps are more likely to pick higher in the first round of this year's NHL draft with their own pick than with the one acquired from Colorado (along with a second-round pick).

It also stands that the Avs have the hottest goalie in the NHL — and he's only 23 years old.