The Washington Capitals have won four straight Southeast Division titles, but that regular-season success has not translated into an extended playoff run.
Coach Bruce Boudreau hopes a new "team-first" attitude will produce better postseason results.
With Alex Ovechkin questionable after leaving the country this week due to a death in the family, the Capitals look to extend their point streak against the Carolina Hurricanes to 10 in their season opener Saturday night.
Washington closed last season on an 18-4-1 run and tied for the third-most points in franchise history with 107, but was swept by Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
It was the fourth consecutive postseason that the Caps were bounced by a lower-seeded team.
"There's not another dollar to spend, there's not another ticket to sell,'' owner Ted Leonsis said. "It's all up to the organization now to be very, very focused and improve upon last year. But there's not much that we have left to do in management. ...