With eight games left in the regular season and having already sewn up a playoff berth, the Capitals have turned their attention to the details of their game once again. In Philadelphia earlier this week, they established an early three-goal lead but strayed from some of their fundamentals and committed numerous turnovers in an eventual 5-4 shootout victory.
Ultimately, it didn’t cost them the game, but that isn’t a reason to pay attention to the misstep.
“Even when you’re playing well, there’s mistakes in every game,” Scott Hannan said. “Sometimes they cost you, sometimes they don’t. They tend to be overlooked when they don’t. I think as long as we stay the course and keep going over stuff, it will work out and we’ll be on a little run going into the playoffs here.”
The Capitals have won 13 of their previous 15 contests heading into Friday’s game against the Ottawa Senators in the first of back-to-back contests in Canada. Adding another pair of well-executed wins on the road prior to spending next week at home would be a welcome development and conclusion to this stretch of six games away from Verizon Center.
“We want to do the small things right,” Nicklas Backstrom said. “The system is very important, especially with the playoffs [coming up]. We talk about it all the time with video clips and we practice it out there; that’s a huge thing for us. We’re trying to get better and better.”
--The Capitals should know on Monday if Mike Green, who has missed 18 of the last 20 games with a pair of concussions, will be able to return to the lineup before the end of the regular season.
--Former Capital Chris Simon, who is currently playing in the KHL, did a Russian interview where he discusses the decision to become a bona-fide tough guy along with the challenges of playing in the KHL. RMNB has the translation.
--Capitals’ t-shirt week continues, this time with a Natty Boh tribute to Alex Ovechkin. [D.C. Sports Bog]