But while Washington has started its Stanley Cup defense the right way, Isabelle Khurshudyan sees plenty of room for improvement.
"I don't know how sustainable that is if you're gonna play 20-plus playoffs games, so I think they're still figuring some things out on the back end as far as who's playing, who do you trust to play where, who plays with Carlson. Carlson's been shuffling between three different partners at various points."
"There's still some things to fix, but five-on-five looked really good in Game 2, and special teams looked really good in Game 1. All things considered, I don't think they've played their best game yet, but they're still up 2-0 in the series and that's a good sign."
In addition to the defense, Khurshudyan says the Caps need more offensive production from their third and fourth lines.
"If those guys can get on the board, and the Caps are a four-line dangerous team, that's gonna be huge for them going forward."
As far as making major adjustments, however, Khurshudyan believes the Caps' best course of action is sticking to and executing their game plan.
"I'm sure they're gonna try to make some adjustments to their power play after Carolina got the better of them in Game 2. But other than that, I think it would be wise for them to just keep it simple and stick to what's been working these two games. When you're up 2-0, you shouldn't change too much I don't think."