This season has not been what most expected from the Washington Capitals. After last year's disappointing playoff series loss against Montreal, hopes were still high for a Capitals team that did not have major roster turnover during the offseason.
With a week and half till the trade deadline the Capitals are wallowing in the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference a couple points behind Tampa for the Southeast Division lead.
Going into December, the Capitals were 17-6-2 before hitting the skids with an eight-game losing streak that they haven't actually recovered from.
Since the great start the Capitals are a below .500 team as they are 14-13-8 since Dec. 1.
To go along with this, the Capitals have issues with scoring goals. They rank 15th in the league and that's a major drop for a team that scored 313 goals last season, the most in the NHL.
With just over a month left till the playoffs, there are no guarantees that the Capitals will make it in. They are 12 points ahead of ninth place Buffalo and Atlanta. These following players could provide a spark for the Capitals and provide the much needed help this team needs.