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General manager George McPhee believes the Washington Capitals have enough talent on the ice to contend for a Stanley Cup.
His biggest concern heading into Saturday night's opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning is that his team will have had only six practices and a scrimmage to learn new coach Adam Oates' system.
With a lineup that includes two-time Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals have been Stanley Cup contenders for a while now, but they've yet to claim the title that once felt so inevitable. They went 42-32-8 last season to finish second in the Southeast Division, ending a four-year run as division champs.
"We have a real solid team," McPhee said. "We're in good shape. We have a complete team."
What the Capitals do not have is time on their side, as players are going to have to learn Oates' system on the fly.
"It's very tough," Oates said. "Communication's vital. There's going to be mistakes. ...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Tom Poti from Hershey of the AHL, bringing back someone who hasn't played in an NHL game in two years because of injuries.
Poti was added to Washington's roster Friday, a day before the team plays at the Tampa Bay Lightning to open the lockout-delayed season.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Poti has not appeared in the NHL since...
Washington Capitals Season Preview
Record Last Year: 42-32-8
Goal Differential: -8
Team 5v5 Fenwick: 49.71% (16th in NHL)
5v5 Sh%: 8.6%
5v5 Sv%: .920
PP SF/60: 47.5 (18th in NHL)
PK SA/60: 49.4 (14th in NHL)
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