The Washington Capitals are in the midst of an absolute dogfight to make it seven consecutive postseason berths. But with 15 games remaining and ground to make up, it'll be more challenging than ever to make that happen.
A primary reason for the struggles of the Capitals has been the inconsistent play (or even presence at all) of Washington's biggest stars.
Yes, this team boasts the league's most dangerous scorer in Alex Ovechkin, an elite center in Nicklas Backstrom, and a host of other top-flight NHL talents. But as a whole, they just haven't been good enough on a nightly basis.
Heading into the most critical part of Washington's 2013-14 schedule, here's a look at the stock watch for each of Washington's finest.