The Washington Capitals season is just 3 days away. THREE! Much has been writter in such a short period of time on what to possibly expect from these Washington Capitals.
Much will center around a few issues. First, without a full training camp and pre-season, how will the Washington Capitals take and fit into the new system installed by new head coach Adam Oates. Two, how do both young goalies, Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth, handle splitting duties and competing against one another for net time. Nuevy has done it before with former Caps goalie Semyon Varlamov. Third, which Alexander Ovechkin will appear in the 2013 shortened season. Ovi was off his game last season and slipped in the minds of many when talking about the most dominating player in the NHL. Will the old Ovi return, the dynamic and incredibly gifted Ovi? Fourth, will Wojtek Wolski be able to restore his level of play after an injury plagued 2011-12? Fifth what does Eric Fehr bring to the table for offense? Finally, and perhaps the biggest question of all, can the Caps get a full 48 games out of Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom? The answers to those questions hold the Washington Capitals fate.
As for now, we can only see where the media ranks the Washington Capitals before the start of the season on Saturday. Here are seven pre-season Power Rankings with the Capitals ranking.
That is seven total polls. Averaging those numbers together, the Caps are ranked at 13.5. That would be a little above the middle of the pack. We will track the Power Polls on our Power Polls page this season.