Top 3 concerns in recent Capitals slump

Is it time to panic yet Washington Capitals fans?
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
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The Washington Capitals are under what some fans are calling a downward spiral. You've asked me all season. I gave the same answer...

It's too early.

It's not too early anymore. The time is now to evaluate the Capitals and figure out whether they should give it a run to the playoffs or sell at the deadline for some assets.

Right now though they have dropped all four of their games on a four game road trip including today's overtime loss to the Dallas Stars. It's bad.

Here are our top 3 concerns so far.

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
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#3 Is it finally dad time for Alex Ovechkin?

I hate that we've reached this point but I think it's time to admit that it's beginning to catch up to Alex Ovechkin. That being said, I'm not quite counting him out yet especially since he scored today. While the goals aren't coming (other than today's), as he came back from injury, watching him on the ice the last few games it's looked like something still ails him. No idea what it is. But it might be nothing if he scores again these next few games after the break.

We didn't think the Caps were going to win the Cup this season. But we certainly hoped they would be competitive enough to get in the playoffs. Now that the team has slumped along with Ovechkin has the Caps win without Ovi magic potion ran out?

Since Dec. 21 the Caps have gone 5-9-3 and are now four points back of Detroit for the final playoff spot. We were hoping he'd have at least ONE more 50 goal season in him. At this rate it'd be a miracle if he got to 20. But maybe today was the start of a turnaround. If anybody on that team deserves time away to relax before the second half push, it's the great eight.