No one could've predicted how far the Washington Capitals would fall in 2013-14. Once viewed as a perennial Stanley Cup contender, the Capitals failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007-08.
As a result, changes abound in D.C. There will be a new general manager and head coach in place by next season. In addition, as CSN Washington's Chuck Gormley points out, the futures of longtime franchise cornerstones, such as Alex Ovechkin, aren't necessarily as certain as they once where.
In hindsight, there were a lot of small factors and pivotal moments that added up to the Caps' collapse down the stretch and ultimately led to them missing the postseason by a measly three points.
With what will be a long offseason for Capitals fans underway, here's a look back at the biggest what-ifs from Washington's 2013-14 campaign.