ARLINGTON, Va. – Losing streaks are always unwelcome, but particularly preceding the NHL Trade Deadline when they can potentially influence an organization’s strategy.
The Washington Capitals, who play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center on Sunday, are currently experiencing that. They have lost three straight in regulation for the first time since Oct. 26 – Nov. 2, when they lost four in a row.
“There’s some players that, a couple weeks ago, you say, ‘Yeah, we’re fine there,’” Trotz said. “It makes your management team and your coaching staff think, ‘Hey we’re not fine there.’ Some guys who felt very comfortable may find themselves either getting an addition at the deadline or maybe even a change. That’s just the reality of it.”