After yet another lengthy lockout, the 2013 NHL Season is upon us, and like all of the league's other 29 teams, the Capitals hope that the condensed schedule plays to their strengths.
With their third head coach is less than 18 months, Washington has to be hoping that Adam Oates' system and personality will help the club reach the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since Oates was the team's No. 1 center way back in 1998.
Heading into what should be a crucial campaign for this nucleus of players, the Caps' core has remained relatively similar for the past five seasons, with the exception of the departure of Alexander Semin, and another disappointing postseason performance won't be tolerated.
With that in mind, here are five bold predictions for the Caps' 2013 season.