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As the Capitals go for their sixth consecutive victory Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, take a look back at the loss in mid-March that helped spark their turnaround.

For some more pre-game reading check out the latest column from Mike Wise on how Coach Adam Oates has succeeded in building a strong relationship with Alex Ovechkin and helped to ignite the Capitals’ franchise player.

From Wise’s column:

Success in pro sports being so star-driven, Adam Oates had no misconceptions when he got the job. If the Washington Capitals were ever truly going to be part of the Stanley Cup conversation again, if hockey was going to still matter in Washington — if Oates was going to last in his first NHL head coaching job — he knew he had to find a way to develop what Dale Hunter could not and Bruce Boudreau lost: an authentic connection with Alex Ovechkin.

“It’s not all about winning at this level — anybody that says that is a liar,” Oates said. “It is about winning, but everybody has to do their job and win.”



Faceoff: 7 Verizon Center | TV: CSN | Radio: 1500 AM

Discuss the game in the comment section below and based on warmup here’s what the lineup should look like:



Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth.

Scratches: Brooks Laich (lower-body), Martin Erat (left leg), Joel Ward (left knee contusion) and Jeff Schultz.
IR: Tom Poti (back).