Holtby got hurt before Wednesday night's game, while Kuznetsov and Oshie both went down from hits by the Jets. It's unclear if any of the three will be available against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

Backup goaltender Pheonix Copley impressed, but Washington ultimately couldn’t match powerful Winnipeg.

Washington also signed the goaltending coach for the University of Manitoba women’s hockey team to be its emergency goaltender for the night.

While Washington's bruising forward may have to curb his physicality after a fourth suspension, the team is looking to him to provide more offense to a lineup that has struggled at even strength.

After his 20-game ban was reduced earlier in the day to make him eligible, Wilson seemed to jolt Washington to life in a 5-2 victory at Minnesota.

Wilson has already served 16 games of the original 20-game ban for an illegal check to the head, so he was in the lineup against the Wild to make his season debut Tuesday night.

“There’s inconsistency with our whole group, and we’ve been trying to find the right mix that works,” Coach Todd Reirden said.

NHL road trips have always been a time for team bonding, but with the league getting younger, more players are opting to stay at the hotel to play games instead of going out with teammates.

Washington yielded two power-play goals against the Coyotes and has given up six in its past four games.

The mailbag also examines the team’s play as it approaches the quarter-pole of the season, when we might see a Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie line again and defenseman Dmitry Orlov’s start to the season.

The high-scoring defenseman missed Friday's loss to Columbus with an undisclosed lower-body injury. Elsewhere, center Evgeny Kuznetsov didn't practice because of a family matter, but Coach Todd Reirden expects him to play Sunday.

Washington’s leaky penalty kill again is an issue as both Columbus goals come on the power play.

"It was easy. It was simple. It was the right thing to do,” said the winner, who spoke to The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity so as not to divert attention from the Pittsburgh Jewish community’s recovery.

Backstrom will wear the blades during warmups before the Capitals' game against the Blue Jackets on Friday.

Orpik will miss at least six more games, including Friday night's against Columbus, while Jonas Siegenthaler will make his NHL debut.

Washington has tried five different wingers alongside their top-line stars in the first 14 games Tom Wilson has been suspended. "There’s no real secret formula I have for you, but I’ve tried to talk to some of the guys about what could help them," Wilson said.

The Capitals' captain collaborated with Belarus-based Wargaming after winning the Stanley Cup.

  • Perspective

The Stanley Cup champions get reengaged and reenergized from their matchup with Pittsburgh — and earn a big victory.

Beaten and bruised twice earlier, the winger reenters the game to notch the go-ahead goal with 1:14 left as Washington defeats Pittsburgh.

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