The Capitals held a rather brisk, 30-minute practice Saturday morning after their latest frustrating loss. While emotions ran high immediately after the game, the focus was on finding a way to move past the ugly outing against the New Jersey Devils.
The hope is to regroup and learn from the turnovers and mistakes in hopes of preventing them when Washington hosts the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
“No one’s ever happy losing. It’s one of those things. You’re mad you’re mad at yourself, what happened,” Coach Dale Hunter said. “It’s OK to be mad at yourself after the game but today you’ve got to come and refocus in practice, get ready for tomorrow, watch film on our mistakes that we made. We watched film this morning on the mistakes that led to goals and now it’s a new day tomorrow.”
Despite the 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Devils, Washington remains in the same place it began before that contest in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 69 points. The Capitals’ can’t be passed on Saturday, though the Panthers can pull further ahead and several others could draw closer.
Among the teams directly around them in the standings, here is who is in action on Saturday: third-place and Southeast Division leading Florida (72 points) hosts Nashville, Tampa Bay (only three back with 66 points in 10th place) visits Carolina, Buffalo (66 points) is in Vancouver and Toronto (65 points) with new coach Randy Carlyle behind the bench, takes on Montreal.
“We’ve got a game tomorrow that’s very important,” Mike Green said. “Whatever could have went wrong last night went wrong. It’s over and done with, can’t do anything about it now so just move on.”