Let the dissection of the Washington Capitals officially begin. It is time to solve some of the issues that are afflicting this very talented team early in the 2013-14 season.
It is important to note that things are not really that bleak in D.C. The Caps held their own on their recent trek through Canada, going 2-2 and, for large stretches, playing their best hockey of the season.
On Friday, the Caps absolutely demolished the Philadelphia Flyers by the final count of 7-0—and Alex Ovechkin was not even in the lineup.
In reality, though, the blasting of the Flyers Friday night only served to illustrate the problem areas the Caps have and where they can improve. We saw the Caps go directly against what their tendencies have been throughout the season in their game against Philly, and the results speak for themselves.
The Caps are a very talented team, and they have played quite well on their longest road trip of the season so far. As for what is wrong with them, there are a few things that need to be addressed. None of them are earth-shattering or beyond repair.
But if the Caps address these few problem areas, there is no reason to believe that they cannot challenge for a playoff spot or possibly even the Metropolitan division crown.
Here are a few issues that have cropped up early in the 2013-14 season that the Caps need to address.