Whenever the Capitals have struggled over the course of the 2010-11 season — the eight-game losing streak in December, the ugly losses to Los Angeles (Feb. 12) and New York (Feb. 25), and once again as Washington faces elimination in Game 4 tonight — speculation about Coach Bruce Boudreau’s job security has immediately followed.

During his morning press conference, Boudreau, who has a 17-19 record in the postseason with the Capitals, was asked if his job was on the line.

“You guys have been asking me that all year. Is your job on the line?” Boudreau snapped. “Well then, I don’t wanna answer that.”

Before another question was asked, Boudreau muttered under his breath “Stupid question, stupid.”

It’s tough to know what changes might be made if the Capitals were to be swept out of the second round of the playoffs. But those players available to the media ahead of possibly the final game in Washington’s season --- Scott Hannan, Karl Alzner, Marco Sturm and the small group largely comprised of scratches that skated – said they aren’t thinking about any ramifications should they lose in Game 4.

“You can’t be thinking about that,” Hannan said. “We have to sit here and focus on the game tonight. We’ve got a lot we need to do to play better. We know we’re right there. It is close. It is a few bounces, but those bounces are going to the team that is working harder, that is driving to the net.. We know we can win four games. We have that confidence and the talent in this room to do that.”