Washington Capitals: 3 Areas of Improvement Needed for Long-Term Success

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Washington Capitals: 3 Areas of Improvement Needed for Long-Term Success
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The Washington Capitals have gotten off to a fast 4-0 start to the 2011-12 season. Two of these wins have been against divisional opponents in Carolina and Tampa Bay, and one has come against the arch-rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

While this kind of start is not surprising, it has brought a few questions to Washington as the Capitals press forward in this campaign.

Alex Ovechkin only has two points early on and it was discussed a bit today as to how he would like to get on the scoresheet more like seasons past.

Also, the team has given up a good number of goals to start the season—especially when their goaltending was tipped to have improved during the offseason. 

However, one improvement is the fact that the Capitals have received a good amount of secondary scoring from the likes of Jason Chimera and Dennis Wideman. Although secondary scoring is something the Caps have needed in recent seasons, there are a few things they need to improve on for long-term, sustained success this season.

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