With the season almost at the quarter-pole, the Capitals are in somewhat dire straits, holding a 2-8-1 record with only 37 games left in the regular season. But Washington fans may find some cause for optimism by recalling the team’s 1995 season. Just as with this year, an NHL lockout led to a 48-game season, and those Caps also got off to an awful start. Here is a comparison between the two squads, through 11 games:

* —The last number indicates ties; in 2013 it indicates overtime losses. But they both give a team one point in the standings, with wins counting for two.
In fact, it didn’t get any better for the 1995 Capitals over their next seven contests, at which point they had the second-worst record in the entire league and were third-worst in scoring. But — and here is where fans should hope history continues to repeat itself — the ‘95 Caps then went on a major tear. Not surprisingly, the dramatic turnaround involved better play on both the offensive and defensive ends: