Many of you know the long and painful history of the Washington Capitals' postseason. You know about all of the blown leads and losses on home ice in the many game sevens.
In fact, if you are like me, then you are already preparing yourself for what lies ahead this postseason, if indeed there is one.
The Capitals have certainly had their chances to win Lord Stanley's Cup but have, for a lack of a better term, choked every time they find themselves on the cusp of something big.
It doesn't matter what era, it doesn't matter what players or coaches have been in the District, they all meet the same fate, a playoff exit before they can win 16 more games in April, May and now June.
From Bryan Muarry to Bruce Boudreau, from Mike Gartner to Alex Ovechkin and Rod Langway to Mike Green, poof..... gone, just like that and it always ends in the blink of an eye.
Washington has made 21 postseason trips in franchise history and has just one finals appearance to show for it, losing in four straight games to the Red Wings in 1998.
I began wondering why not us immediately following last year’s historic collapse in the first round against the Montreal Canadians.
I was ready to simply turn the situation over to the hockey gods and pray for mercy before I sat back and thought about the teams that failed and the reasons why.
I wondered if my hockey team, with all of the talent they have had over the years are just a snake bitten bad luck franchise come playoff time.
The answer is obviously a resounding no. There are many different reasons why the Capitals sail directly in to the perfect storm that is the playoffs every time they appear.
Here are ten reasons I believe the Washington Capitals have never won a Stanley Cup