Rather than put the team through a grueling practice this afternoon at the Saddledome, which wouldn't have been all that surprising had it happened, Coach Bruce Boudreau opted to call the Capitals in for a lengthy team meeting.
They watched film and, as Karl Alzner said, saw "how ugly that game really was" against Minnesota on Thursday night. Here's what Boudreau had to say about the choice in lessons following the all-around lackluster game.
"It's a tough call. I mean I'm thinking, okay, should we go out there and give them a no-pucks shellacking? Would that be better than [focusing on Saturday's game]? Or if you do that, and some guys have got injuries and they're not allowed to participate; is it worse because then you've got three fourths of the team out there?...Or do you just watch video and make some threats? We chose to at least watch some video and go over last night's game, and hopefully they get the idea of what I'm talking about."
Boudreau still wasn't happy with the performance against the Wild and reiterated how disappointing it was to not be able to get "half a dozen players playing at their top."
Asked what message he wanted to impart upon the Capitals as they try to find some consistency heading into the final game of this three-game road trip, Boudreau said:
"It's all about the will and the want, and if you want to do, it you do it. And if you don't, you become a spoiled little player. You decide where it goes....Winning, winning properly is [about] creating good habits. You can only be successful as those good habits are continuous. Anybody can win on talent on one night in awhile, but it's good habits that will make you win continually."
--Also, Boudreau said that, "unless I have a drastic change in my mind," Michal Neuvirth will start in net.