5 Potential X-Factors for the Washington Capitals in 2013-14 Season

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5 Potential X-Factors for the Washington Capitals in 2013-14 Season
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The 2013-14 NHL season might still be nearly five months away—heck, we still have to decide whether the Boston Bruins or Chicago Blackhawks will be the 2013 Stanley Cup champions—but it is never too early for teams like the Washington Capitals to start looking towards the future.

After all, what else do the Caps have to do but work on their collective golf swings right about now?

For the Caps, the 2013-14 season looks like it will be one of the more important seasons in the franchise's recent history.

Alexander Ovechkin is once again the top goal scorer in the NHL.

Adam Oates will be in his second year as head coach.

The team had the best power-play unit in the NHL.

They suffered yet another disappointing playoff failure this past season.

They are moving to a new, and infinitely more difficult division, for the 2013-14 season.

For the Caps, the big question on the minds of many is whether their window of opportunity has closed or whether they remain viable contenders for the Stanley Cup this coming season.

To get a good feel for that answer, several X-factors have to be considered.

Here are five potential X-factors for the Washington Capitals for the 2013-14 season.

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