Carlson is now two points shy of passing Calle Johansson (474) for the most points by a defenseman in franchise history.

Dillon, 29, is a big, physical defenseman in the final year of his contract.

Alex Ovechkin was again held off the scoresheet to remain at 698 goals as Washington finished 1-2-0 on the trip and suffered its fourth loss in five games.

Washington won the Stanley Cup in Vegas two years ago, and it could use the positive reinforcement ahead of Monday's game against the Golden Knights.

The captain, who remains at 698 for his career, has now gone four games without a goal after Washington lost, 3-1.

Kuznetsov has 19 goals and 27 assists through 53 games this season.

The 30-year-old is one of the biggest assets on a team striving for its second Stanley Cup in three seasons.

The captain remains at 698 goals, but his team overcomes a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 win at Colorado.

Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body, day-to-day) will not play Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Kuznetsov was injured in the second period of the Capitals' 5-3 loss Monday to the Islanders.

  • Perspective

Alex Ovechkin’s quest for 700 goals should become secondary until the Capitals snap out of their funk.

Washington’s recent defensive struggles continue in a 5-3 loss to New York that is clouded by an injury to Evgeny Kuznetsov.

“This is a luxury and we have been fortunate to not have the injuries back there, but you have to be prepared for them," Capitals Coach Todd Reirden said.

“I don’t think we’ve had enough dominating efforts from our team like we’re capable or used to," defenseman John Carlson said.

Capitals are lifeless in 7-2 rout as the captain is kept off the scoresheet and remains at 698 goals for his career.

Capitals Coach Todd Reirden said the team wanted to see more of Fehervary after the way he played Tuesday against the Kings.

Capitals captain has scored 16 goals in his past 10 games, including three hat tricks.

The captain, who scored three times in the final seven minutes, has 16 goals in his past 10 games.

The Capitals recalled goaltender Vitek Vanecek for precautionary reasons.

Young defenseman says he lost some of his aggressive style and wants to get it back.

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