With the lockout set to officially come to a close this weekend, all 30 National Hockey League teams will be scrambling to put together their lineups for the 2013 season within the next week.
For many, such as the Washington Capitals, this campaign will be a pivotal one for the franchise as a whole, as the team enters the season with its third head coach in 14 months, and continues to face lofty expectations after a fifth straight postseason appearance that ended in bitter disappointment.
In the offseason, George McPhee re-signed defensive cornerstones Mike Green and John Carlson to extensions, and jettisoned promising prospect Cody Eakin in exchange for talented center Mike Ribeiro. But, for the most part, the Caps' lineup will be similar to the one that fell to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in May.
Heading into the season, here's a preview at what Washington's opening night lineup will look like.