The 2014 Olympics weren't kind to the members of the Washington Capitals, as each of the five participants returned to D.C. without much to be happy about from their time in Sochi.
Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson earned silver medals as members of Team Sweden, but neither can possibly be too pleased with how the tournament finished up. Meanwhile, Alex Ovechkin, Martin Erat and John Carlson all left Russia without any hardware.
Now, the Capitals will have to find a way to gather themselves for the final push for the postseason, because, as of now, Adam Oates' club sits three spots outside of the final wild-card berth in the East and cannot afford to start off slowly.
Heading into the most critical portion of Washington's schedule, here's what the Caps need to do in order to start things off the right way.