5 Bold Predictions for Washington Capitals' 2013-14 Season

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5 Bold Predictions for Washington Capitals' 2013-14 Season
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With the start of the NHL regular season just one week away, it is now time for predictions of all varieties to start coming fast and furious.

The 2013-14 version of the Washington Capitals are going to be a difficult team to try and forecast.

On the one hand, they could be very good. The team that got so hot at the end of last season is still largely intact.

Alex Ovechkin is still there. So is Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, Troy Brouwer, Brooks Laich, Mike Green, Karl Alzner and John Carlson.

On the other hand, the team might slip considerably. The Caps lost one of their best players from last season when Mike Ribeiro went to the Phoenix Coyotes during free agency. The Caps also lost a very popular player when Matt Hendricks signed with the Nashville Predators during the offseason.

One must also take into consideration the fact that the Caps have moved to a much more difficult division. The new Metropolitan division looks a lot like the old Patrick division. Chances are, it is going to feel a lot like the old Patrick division too.

So the Caps are a tough team to figure out as the season begins. But that is not the purpose of this article now, is it?

No, this article is about making some bold predictions for the Caps this coming season. It is time to let expectations take a bit of a back seat to unbridled optimism and, to a certain extent, let our imaginations run a bit wild.

As you read these predictions, I would ask that you, dear reader, keep that in mind. There will be a time and a place for a "Reasonable Expectations For The Capitals" article. This, however, is not that time or place.

Here then are five bold predictions for the Caps for this coming season. Some of them are much more likely than others.

But all of them are possible.


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