In 13 games since Nov. 19 the Capitals have earned just 10 points. Washington still stands in first place in the Southeast Division, second in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the NHL. But the cushion the Capitals had built for themselves in the standings has largely disappeared.
The Capitals were 14-4-1 and 8-0-1 in the most-recent nine contests prior to what would become a 5-0 loss to the Thrashers in Atlanta to begin this uneven skid.
In the division, Washington leads Tampa Bay and Atlanta by three and four points, respectively, and both teams have two games in hand. In the East, the Capitals' skid combined with Pittsburgh's 12-game winning streak has given the Penguins a five point edge on first place and Washington is only four points out of eighth. If they can correct things and start winning again starting Wednesday against Anaheim they can try to begin rebuilding that lead.
"We've got one game Wednesday and then we've got three practices in there," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Now's the time to fix it. We have to fix it. We've had the build up of points and they've gone away so it's now time to turn it around and get back on track."
With a host of injuries and illnesses the Capitals are taking Monday off before starting back up on Tuesday.
FROM THE POST
If you haven't already, check out the recap from the Caps 7-0 loss to the Rangers Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
AROUND THE WEB
On how Alex Ovechkin's weight has changed during his NHL career. (Alex Ovetjkin)
The Caps still hold an edge on the Wizards when it comes to TV ratings. (D.C. Sports Bog)
Tomas Fleischmann is starting to get used to his new team. (CSN Washington)
And if you'd like to see it again, here's the clip of Ovechkin's fight with Brandon Dubinsky: