So far, the 2014 calendar year hasn't been kind to the Washington Capitals, as the team has plummeted down the Eastern Conference standings in a hurry and is now in danger of entering the Olympic break outside of the playoff picture.
A lot of that is due to the Caps' recent seven-game losing streak, but on the whole, this team hasn't been able to muster up much consistency down the stretch.
Head coach Adam Oates has to be wondering how he can get his troops to put together 60 minutes of solid hockey on a nightly basis.
For a team with a wealth of talent, Washington will only be sending three players to Sochi. That's critical for the Caps, as this squad has been decimated by injuries in recent weeks.
With that in mind, here's a look at the Capitals' five biggest questions ahead of the Olympic break.