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Washington Capitals Still Looking for Breakout Player

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Every game for the Washington Capitals this season has been a different story. They have either shown great flashes of excellence and been perfect in every facet of the game or they haven’t connected in any phase. This has been frustrating and a bit tiring for Capitals fans all around the D.C. area. People at the Verizon Center have walked out in disgust at times and have started questioning whether this team has a true star.

Alex Ovechkin has been good, but it is very obvious that he isn’t the player he once was. His stats haven’t been what hockey fans are used to and that has just been the start of the domino effect for the rest of head coach Adam Oates’ offense.

Wojtek Wolski came into Washington possibly being the next key piece to this offense, but his poor play and lack of big execution have some labeling him as a true bust. Wolski only has eight points in 23 games and has been one of the biggest underachievers so far.

Mike Green has been frustrating, to say the least. His injury problems continue to pile up and he has only played in 16 games. His presence on the defensive lines will be crucial when he can return to the ice. On defense, John Carlson also was expected to have a great year offensively, but he has only registered 11 points.

The Capitals will face the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night and someone will have to step up big time if they want to contend with the Southeast leaders.