Washington Capitals: 5 Things the Caps Must Do for a Strong Stanley Cup Run

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Washington Capitals: 5 Things the Caps Must Do for a Strong Stanley Cup Run
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It's hard to believe that the Washington Capitals are being touted as one of the biggest disappointments in the NHL this season, but they are.

Through 47 games this year the Capitals have 58 points—just six behind last year’s pace. Their offense is what many consider the biggest letdown so far in the 2010-11 campaign.

Using the same 47 game comparison to last year the offensive numbers are drastically different and in some cases stunningly different.

Last year at this point the Capitals had scored 177 goals compared to just 133 this year. The big four of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and Mike Green all have lower goal totals at this point of the season than this time last year.

Ovechkin had 35 goals through 47 games last season and less than half that total this season with just 16. Backstrom, Semin and Green have 12 less goals between the three of them.

That stat was compared to the same amount of games each has played last season to this season.

The best power play in the NHL last season is now ranked 18 and falling. The Capitals are just nine for their last 80 with the extra man.

A team that boasted the best road record in the NHL last season going 24-10-7 lost their 10th road game last evening just three weeks into January.

The Capitals under head coach Bruce Boudreau are in the middle of their first mid season division battle for first place. Currently the Capitals are one point behind the Southeast leading Tampa Bay Lightning.

As an avid hockey and die hard Capitals fan here are five tings I feel Washington must fix to the right the ship towards Lord Stanley's Cup.

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