Caps lacking depth, not wins

The Capitals might not get the respect they deserve. However, it's difficult to place them up there with a New Jersey or Ottawa just yet. ESPN.com's Brian A. Shactman breaks it all down.

Updated: February 15, 2001, 11:25 AM ET
By Brian A. Shactman | ESPN.com

Last week, a few interesting things happened in regards to the Washington Capitals.

In a piece handicapping the Eastern Conference, ESPN.com gave the Caps 15-1 odds for reaching the Cup finals, with five teams having a better shot. ESPN.com users -- obviously, Caps fans -- complained rather loudly at the slighting of a division-leading team.

Coach Ron Wilson publicly praised Sergei Gonchar, Peter Bondra and Olaf Kolzig, saying they are clearly underrated and among the best in the NHL.

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