Washington Capitals' Biggest Early Surprises in 2013-14 Season

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Washington Capitals' Biggest Early Surprises in 2013-14 Season
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After a disappointing 3-2 loss to their old, and now new, divisional rival the Carolina Hurricanes, the Washington Capitals are off to a second consecutive slow start to a season.

The Caps now find themselves with a record of 1-3-0. They are already tied for last place in the Metropolitan division and are tied for 15th in the Eastern Conference.

Of course, you can take a different perspective on things. Of the Caps' three losses, two have been by one goal and the other was a narrow defeat to the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Caps are not really playing bad—they are just not playing well enough to win.

It could be worse, though. At least the Caps did not fire their head coach three games into the season like the Philadelphia Flyers.

And, the Caps have not been outscored 15-2 in their past two games, like the New York Rangers.

But they are certainly not off to the strong start of teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders, Hurricanes or even the Columbus Blue Jackets.

There are several aspects about the Caps' start to their season that have been very surprising, ranging from game play to player performances to coaching and many things in between.

Here are a few of the biggest early-season surprises about the Caps' 2013-14 season.

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