5 Burning Questions the Washington Capitals Must Answer Early in the 2013 Season

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5 Burning Questions the Washington Capitals Must Answer Early in the 2013 Season
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It is still rather early in the 2013 NHL season and already the Washington Capitals have a lot of explaining to do.

When you are 2-6-1, lots and lots of people will have all sorts of questions for you.

When you get blown out by your arch rival, on home ice, on Super Bowl Sunday, those questions will be mixed in with a lot of harsh criticism.

For the Washington Capitals, this is unfamiliar territory. The Caps have not gotten off to a poor start like this since they began the 2007-2008 campaign 6-14-1.

That dreadful start cost Glen Hanlon his job and some are starting to wonder just how short a leash new coach Adam Oates might have.

This is not the way the season was supposed to go. After upsetting the Boston Bruins in the 2012 NHL playoffs—and very nearly upsetting the New York Rangers as well—Caps fans went into the 2013 abbreviated season with very high hopes.

To a great extent, those hopes have been dashed.

After the 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday (ESPN), the questions continue to mount and concerns about whether the Caps can recover have gone from being just extreme pessimism to unfortunate reality.

Why?

Why have the Caps failed to take the next step after a great playoff run last spring.

Why is a team loaded with star talent struggling so badly right now?

These are just some of the questions many have as far as the Washington Capitals are concerned.

Here then are five burning questions the Washington Capitals must answer early in the 2013 season.

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