"Right now, we just need a little spark, a little interest, a little more production at five-on-five for us,” Coach Barry Trotz said.

"We all know that we can turn it up and things will be better,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “It's a tough stretch of the year."

"We'll see if he can bust out of it tonight,” Barry Trotz said. “If not, then maybe do it during the middle of the game."

Capitals held early, explode late in 4-1 win over Coyotes

Victory helps Washington maintain Metropolitan lead.

For Caps, every game matters. And they prefer it that way.

The playoff format could make for a first-round matchup with … wait for it … yes, the boys from Pittsburgh.

Extra shootout work pays off as Caps turn back Blue Jackets

In a game rife with playoff implications, T.J.. Oshie scores and Braden Holtby saves Washington a crucial point in 2-1 win.

Since the bye week, the Capitals are 5-3-1 and they trailed to start five of those games.

The Capitals associate coach and the Sharks defenseman were at different stages of their playing careers when they were with the Houston Aeros during the NHL lockout 13 years ago.

Both will join the organization's American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears, for the remainder of the season on tryout agreements.

"We feel he'd get more out of it staying here," Coach Barry Trotz said.

"I think he's working better for those chances,” Coach Barry Trotz said.

"He's doing good, he's skating,” Coach Barry Trotz said after the team's morning skate.

"I think I’m forcing it a little too much,” Shattenkirk said. “And that was something to be expected a little bit."

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