Solutions for Caps' scoring slump

A few fixes to spark the scuffling Washington offense

Originally Published: December 7, 2011
By Neil Greenberg | ESPN Insider
Alex OvechkinMarianne Helm/Getty ImagesAlex Ovechkin and his teammates have struggled to earn scoring chances since starting 7-0.

In hockey, things fall apart. Sometimes that happens in the form of a losing skid. Sometimes it's the loss of an invaluable player. Sometimes, it happens all at once.

That's where the Washington Capitals find themselves this season. They started 7-0 and were justifying their claim as a Stanley Cup contender. But just about everything has gone wrong for them since, culminating in Dale Hunter replacing bench boss Bruce Boudreau, the fastest coach in NHL history to win 200 games.

With a new coach comes the need for patience, but how did the Washington Capitals find themselves in this hole, going from one of the Stanley Cup favorites to a team on the outside looking in? And how do you fix it?

Neil Greenberg is ESPN Insider's NHL analytics expert. His columns have appeared on the Washington Post website, and he is a regular guest on Sirius XM NHL Radio.