5 Biggest Storylines for Washington Capitals' 2013-14 Season

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5 Biggest Storylines for Washington Capitals' 2013-14 Season
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For Washington D.C. sports fans, the return of the Washington Capitals cannot come at a better time.

The Washington Nationals completed a horrendously disappointing season—and that might be an understatement.

The Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III are struggling—although they did beat the Oakland Raiders on Sunday to finally break into the win column.

The Washington Wizards—well let's remain cautiously optimistic on that front.

Let's not even talk about D.C. United.

The Caps, however, look to provide the D.C area with a good hockey team and perhaps even a great one.

With the season opener in Chicago now just a day away, the Caps look ready for action.

May 13, 2013 seems like a long time ago—and then again not so long ago. Of course, that was the day the New York Rangers obliterated the Caps 5-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, sending the Caps to another early playoff exit and ending an otherwise remarkable season.

The stench of that defeat still lingers heavy in the Verizon Center. But now the Caps have a golden opportunity to wipe clean the nastiness of that debacle and take a major step forward in the progress of the franchise.

The potential for a truly memorable season is there. Will it come to fruition?

Without question, the 2013-14 season will have some truly memorable storylines attached to it, and here are the five biggest ones to keep an eye on as the season progresses and unfolds.

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