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WJLA, October 04, 2011

Washington Capitals 2011-12 season preview: 10 things to watch

After being unceremoniously swept from the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs and falling short yet again of an elusive NHL title, the Washington Capitals are gearing up for another run at their first Stanley Cup title. Here are 10 things to watch in 2011-12.

Will Ovechkin’s offensive numbers go back up after a “down” season?

By all accounts, Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin’s offensive numbers suffered in 2010-11 at the expensive a more defensive team mindset. The Great 8’s 32 goals and 85 points were the lowest of his career thus far. All eyes will be on the Caps star to see if his 50-goal potential returns this season.

(Photo: Associated Press | Date: Apr. 13, 2011) of fullscreen mode

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