Here’s one thing that will happen if the Capitals maintain their current strategy of winning just about every game they play: they will be bombarded with superlatives, and with discussions of their place in franchise and league history.

It’s already happening to some degree, but there will be much more in coming days and weeks. This team has 11 losses through 46 games, the fewest in franchise history. This team has a plus-55 goal differential through 46 games, the highest in team history. And this team seems almost certain to be remembered as one of the greatest in franchise history. Maybe not “one of,” either.

This is the best team that I’ve ever played on,” Brooks Laich said on the Junkies on Wednesday morning. “As far as my tenure here, in a little over a decade, this is undoubtedly the best team that I’ve been on. I define talent as the ability to win games. There’s skilled teams that have skill and can make really nice plays and stuff, but I  define talent as the ability to win games, and you look at our record. And the thing I like about our team is that we win and we produce a result regardless of circumstance. So whether we’re playing one night on the road and the next night at home, or we lose a couple guys one night and then we have to play a back-to-back with new guys in the lineup, we have this goaltender in or that goaltender in or penalties in the game, regardless of the circumstance we’re able to pull out a win.”

Laich, of course, has been here for less than a quarter of the team’s existence. Alan May has been around the franchise for a bit longer. And he was asked this week if it’s the best Caps team he’s seen.

“Yes it is,” he told the Junkies. “And it’s the best team because everything is in place. …They’re stacked in every area of the game: management, coaching, forwards, D, goaltending.”

That would constitute pretty much everything. May went through the familiar list of virtues: a legit top six forwards, two all-star caliber centers, a solid top-four on defense, a goalie who’s playing like one of the best in the league, a coaching staff littered with experience, young players contributing, a great in-arena announcer, cold beer, funny Vines, nacho cheese with just the right nacho-ness. Everything.

“Absolutely, without a doubt,  in the salary cap era this is the best team the Caps have ever had,” May said. “I was on one really good team here, but this team’s way better than that. We didn’t have big guns up front. When Craig Laughlin played they had a really good team, but it wasn’t complete. They didn’t have enough high-end firepower. The Caps certainly have that. … They’re just so deep right now.”

Laich, who was a part of some of the best regular season teams Washington produced, cited one familiar reason for this year’s success.

“The accountability level has gone through the roof,” he said. “I mean, the culture is better than it’s ever been. Across all sports, players will say it: the chemistry and cohesiveness, whatever, that’s all really important. But it actually really has to be there. And we are governed that way by our coaching staff, and that’s number one. I think they’ve made it a family atmosphere, and that’s due to Barry [Trotz] coming in. That’s attributed directly to him.”

May also pointed to the coaching.

“I liked what they did last year, but it was so methodical and it was the same thing every night,” he said. “And I thought it cost them in the playoffs, to tell you the truth. And this year they’ve come out and they’ve adapted to pretty much every team in the league. So they’re not just playing the same system every night; they’re finding ways to crack the other teams’ codes.”

And the result?

“You’re looking at a complete hockey team that’s fully motivated, that’s on the same page,” May said. “They need to win a championship for you to say they’re doing things the way the New England Patriots are, but everyone has a role, and everyone’s proud to fill that role.”