Despite blowing a 3-1 second-round playoff lead to the Penguins, great things are expected of the Washington Capitals. But are those expectations premature? Led by Alexander Ovechkin -- who is quickly building his case as one of the all-time greats -- the Caps have plenty of firepower. Unfortunately, a lack of defensive zone commitment and a significant question mark in net suggest they may need another year or two to be ranked as realistic contenders.
Text: Allan Muir
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