Washington Capitals: Who Is to Blame for the Slow Start?

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Washington Capitals:  Who Is to Blame for the Slow Start?
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While a new system in this shortened season has hurt the Capitals, it isn't the main reason for their 4-8-1 start.

Yes, the Washington Capitals have gotten out to a 4-8-1 start.

Yes, they are currently last in their division.

Yes, they only have a short amount to time to regain their form if they want to make the playoffs.

Yes, they are also trying to adjust to a new coaching system under Adam Oates.

But no, the new system shouldn't be the first thing that Caps fans look at when they assign the blame for the team's poor start.

While a new coach is a huge obstacle to overcome in the shortened 48-game season, there are still a number of reasons why there is plenty of blame to go around Washington's locker room, mostly pointed away from Oates.

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