“That line was really good today,” Coach Barry Trotz said after a 3-0 loss to Winnipeg. “I thought they dominated every time they were out there."
“I think the main thing we have to focus on in these four days is to keep the business-like attitude,” goaltender Braden Holtby said.
Washington out-attempted Winnipeg by 18 and hit four posts, but suffered its first defeat against its former Southeast Division rivals since Jan. 2013.
Washington aim to match its longest winning streak of the season at four, while also halting Winnipeg's own three-game surge.
Gleason still isn't 100 percent, plus miscellaneous items on Tom Wilson's embellishment, a struggling third line and one chipped tooth.
“It seems throughout the whole year we’ve played better against the good teams, so I think it plays to our advantage," goaltender Braden Holtby said.
According to Coach Barry Trotz, Orlov's three-game tour in the AHL could come as soon as next weekend.
The fourth line promptly allowed a goal on the shift Trotz offered as a reward, but after a 3-2 victory, the coach was pleased with Tom Wilson, Brooks Laich and Michael Latta.
The Capitals currently rank second in the NHL in goal differential at four-on-four and Alex Ovechkin leads the league in goals in such situations.
The Capitals vaulted into a tie for third thanks to some help roughly 1,000 miles to the south.