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What's wrong with the Washington Capitals?

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08:01 PM ET 01.25 | Before the lockout-shortened 2013 season began, a lot of the talk among the pundits was about just how crucial each and every game in a 48-game season will be. Teams are going to have to treat every game like it's a playoff battle, or else they could find themselves out of the race for the playoffs before the season really begins. While most teams have seemingly gotten that memo, it's clear that one team hasn't. As of Friday morning, the Washington Capitals are the only team in the NHL without a point on the season. Clearly, first-year head coach Adam Oates still has some work to do to get his players to fully buy into the system that he's trying to sell to them. In a regular year, being 0-3-0 with zero points to start the season isn't overly worrisome despite the fact that it's still not a wanted start. However, to get off to that start with such a compressed season, it could be more damning than usual. In their three games, the Capitals have lost to the likes of Tampa Bay, Winnipeg and Montreal. What's even more alarming is how they lost those games.

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January 25, 2013  08:59 PM ET

What's wrong with the Washington Capitals?

Other than never having won the Stanley Cup?

<rubs whiskers on chin>

January 25, 2013  09:45 PM ET

LOL
The kings are having a lousy start too......bigger shock there.

January 25, 2013  10:04 PM ET

the Capitals have lost to the likes of Tampa Bay, Winnipeg and Montreal. What's even more alarming is how they lost those games.

Usually you lose a game by scoring less goals than your opponent!
not sure how these games were any different than other Caps losses. ;)

January 25, 2013  11:03 PM ET

alot of money tied up in big gambles. Look up and down the line-up, there's no value there whatsoever...

January 25, 2013  11:04 PM ET

if the big gambles all fail to produce then you end up with what you see. I know its still extremely early, but under Oates its looking like itll get worse before it gets better.

January 25, 2013  11:19 PM ET

EVERYTHING IS whats-wrong-with-the-washington-capitals


FIXED IT!

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January 26, 2013  09:53 AM ET

They're no longer a "pointless" team.

January 26, 2013  10:01 AM ET

Not much incentive for the big White House visit I guess.

January 26, 2013  11:16 AM ET

How's Ribeiro working out?

January 26, 2013  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

How's Ribeiro working out?



Just fine Otis. ;-)

January 26, 2013  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Just fine Otis. ;-)

Saw him last night getting abused...


Can't say I miss him.

January 26, 2013  01:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Saw him last night getting abused...


Can't say I miss him.

That would be like missing the clap....

 
January 26, 2013  05:36 PM ET

New Coach, New System, No pre-season. That's what happened. Of the teams that made last year's playoffs, the Caps have been the most adversely impacted by the lockout. Buck Fettman.

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