Caps nation is in a panic. After a rough California road trip, the Caps have lost four straight games, have seen their lead in the standings evaporate and are at a low point for the season at a time when they should be gearing up for the playoffs.
There's a lot riding on this season. Alex Ovechkin is 31 and the team has multiple expiring contracts. There's a real possiblity that this is the last year of the Capitals' championship window so when they rattle off four straight losses for the first time since Barry Trotz's first year behind the bench in Washington, it's a cause for concern.
Are the Caps as bad as they have looked the past week? No, but if they don't turn things around quickly, we won't be talking about whether they can finally get past the second round of the playoffs, we'll be talking about whether they can even get out of the first.
It wasn't that long ago that the Caps were the top team in the Power Rankings. Now, they're not in the top five. Check out just how far Washington fell here in this week's NHL Power Rankings.