The Washington Capitals' season kicked off on Sunday with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, ending a summer of anxiousness from fans and players alike. They had all been waiting for that day. Now that the opener is behind us, we can focus on the season ahead.
This is potentially a defining year for the Capitals. The foursome formerly known as the "young guns" are right in their prime, and from next season onwards, the window of opportunity will begin to grow smaller. The Capitals will go all in this year in their quest for ice hockey's holy grail—the Stanley Cup.
There are 81 games remaining before the playoffs kick in. After that, the Capitals will be a mere 16 wins away. Here are 10 predictions of what we may see from the Capitals this upcoming 2011-2012 season.