With 45 games played, the Washington Capitals are well beyond the halfway point of their 2013-14 schedule.
But as of now, we still don't have a lot of clarity with regard to what this team is made of, or what kind of realistic chance it has at making a deep run this postseason.
That's because Adam Oates' boys have been arguably one of the league's most maddeningly inconsistent squads, as Washington's looked like a force to be reckoned with on some nights, but on others, it's looked like an average Eastern Conference team.
Part of it has been due to the rather lackluster play of many of the Caps' top players, and if Alex Ovechkin and company want to finally vanquish their playoff demons, that will have to change over the final 37 games of the season.
Heading into the stretch drive, here's a look at which Capitals need to improve going forward.