NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
As his franchise began to evolve into one of the NHL's perennial preseason Stanley Cup favorites several seasons ago, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis proclaimed that his team would qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs "10 to 15 years in a row."
The Capitals fell well short of that declaration last season, failing to qualify for the postseason for the first time in seven years. After some organizational introspection, there were significant changes in personnel, management and coaching.
Reinforced by an experienced coaching staff fronted by Barry Trotz and a redesigned defensive corps, the Capitals are convinced that last season was nothing more than an aberration. But in order to prove that notion correct, a lot of things have to go right.