The Washington Capitals have started off the season 2-6-1, giving Caps fans plenty of reason to panic.
Washington's captain, Alex Ovechkin, and the rest of the offense haven't been playing well under head coach Adam Oates's system.
In almost every game this season, it seems that Washington has been slow and has just been outplayed by other teams, which is reflected by their record, one of the worst in the NHL.
Through the first few games of the season, Caps fans have kept the "stay calm" attitude, wanting to see how the team developed under Oates's system.
However, the time for waiting is over, as the Capitals have played nine games out of the 48-game season and remain last in their division.
There's still time for Washington to rebound in an effort to make the playoffs, but it's no longer time for fans to take it easy on the team and wait and see what happens. Rather, fans should be pushing for change and pressuring Oates to get his players back into games and at least be competitive for a spot in the playoffs.
There isn't one area to pinpoint when it comes to the struggles of the Caps, but there are several reasons why the panic switch should be flipped now.