The Caps resurfaced for practice in Arlington yesterday after their three-game, three-time zone road trip last week, and the players seemed happy to be back at home after a taxing few days.
The team allowed just four goals during the trip, and Coach Bruce Boudreau spoke yesterday about continuing to have high expectations for the Caps' defensive play, even as they try to find more offensive consistency.
"Our goal, quite frankly, is to be in the top five in everything," Boudreau said. "The categories you would think that we would be in the top five, we're not, but in the other categories we are. Hopefully we can continue to do one as well as we're doing and start doing the other. Offense shouldn't be sacrificed by playing good defense."
The Caps' defense would receive a boost this week if veteran Tom Poti is able to return from an undisclosed lower-body injury that kept him here during the road trip.
Poti's status for tomorrow night's game against Toronto could become clearer today if the Caps recall a defenseman. If they don't, Poti will likely be on the ice against the Maple Leafs.
FROM THE POST
Boudreau doesn't say much about Eric Fehr being a healthy scratch Saturday, while Mike Green says fellow blueliner Tom Poti "looked good" at practice Monday.
On the D.C. Sports-O-Meter with Cindy Boren and Dan Steinberg, Alex Ovechkin gets a bid for having the second-best week in local sports.
Ovechkin and crew celebrated Halloween at Spider Kelly's. (Reliable Source)
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