Originally written January 13, 2013 on Rock the Red:
Photo by Chris Gordon For almost four full months, as the NHL lockout wore on, Capitals fans and fans all over the League were asking one question: when would their teams take to the ice?  Early on the morning of January 6, that question was answered when the Board of Governors and the NHLPA agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement that will lead to a shortened, 48-game season that will begin on January 19. But since that cold January morning, as players have begun to trickle in from their teams abroad and their residences away from Washington, more questions have arisen for the Capitals than answers.  Once again, as hockey makes its comeback, the Capitals must adjust on the fly to a new coach, a new system, and new players in less than a week before the games count for real.  Twenty-seven bullets: 1. First thing first – Nicklas Backstrom has got to stay healthy at all costs.  I wrote in this space in late October that though I was happy to see Nick playing and pr...
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