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Caps Drop Third Straight, a 2-1 SO/Loss to Lightning

Trailing by a goal entering the third, the Caps pull a point with Saturday's shootout setback, but they lose third straight and fourth straight on the road.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Two good teams bearing losing streaks hooked up on Saturday night in Tampa, knowing that one of those teams would end its slide. That team turned out to be the Lightning, which eked out a 2-1 shootout win over Washington. The loss was the Capitals' third in succession, but they did earn a point to avoid their first regulation losing streak since February of 2015. 

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Skate Shavings: Nip It In The Bud

The Caps will be seeking to avoid their first three-game slide in 21 months while the Lightning will be looking to halt their own losing streak at four.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Washington carries a two-game regulation losing streak with it to Tampa for Saturday's game with the Lightning. The Caps will be seeking to avoid their first three-game slide in 21 months while the Lightning will be looking to halt their own losing streak at four. 

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Caps Face Bolts in Tampa Bay

Two of the Eastern Conference's elite teams look to get back in the win column on Saturday night in Tampa when the Capitals take on the Lightning.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

December 3 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena 

Time: 7:00 p.m. 

TV: CSN 

Radio: WFED 1500/Capitals Radio 24/7

Washington Capitals 13-7-2

Tampa Bay Lightning 13-11-1

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First Quarter Notebook: Who Are We?

Coaches and players talk frequently of identity, and playing to that identity. We asked a few players to attempt to define what that identity might be.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Coaches and players talk frequently of identity, and playing to that identity. We asked a few players to attempt to define what that identity might be, and Oshie was the one who was able to supply the most coherent and substantive answer. 

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First Quarter Notebook: Unsatisfied

The bar been set even higher in the wake of last season's 120-point finish.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Given the Caps' general dissatisfaction with their overall game thus far, it's only natural to wonder if that's because they're unhappy with how they've gotten to 13-6-2, or whether the bar has been set even higher in the wake of last season's 120-point finish.

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First Quarter Notebook: Metro Running Smooth

As we head into December, four of the league's top six teams reside in the Metropolitan Division.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

As we head into December, four of the league's top six teams reside in the Metropolitan Division. The New York Rangers own the league's third best record (in terms of points percentage) right now, followed by Washington, Columbus and Pittsburgh.

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First Quarter Notebook: Strong Foundation

The Caps have been able to build the record they have because of the play of the team's two netminders and its defense.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

One of the reasons - let's face it, the main reason - the Caps have been able to build the record they have is because of the play of the team's two netminders (Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer) and its defense.

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First Quarter Notebook: Top Heavy

Washington's four highest paid forwards are its top four scorers, in terms of both goals and points.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Washington's four highest paid forwards are its top four scorers, in terms of both goals and points. Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson and Oshie are the Caps' highest paid forwards, and that quartet has combined to account for more than 60 percent (35 of 57) of the team's goals to this point of the season.

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First Quarter Notebook: Pretty, Pretty Good

The Caps posted a 13-6-2 mark through the season's first quarter.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

The Caps posted a 13-6-2 mark through the season's first quarter. From a points percentage standpoint, that leaves them with the league's fourth best record. While the record is good on the face of it, some of the numbers that go into compiling that record aren't as good as the Caps would like.

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Caps Come Up Empty Against Isles

Caps power play misses mark, Halak makes 38 saves to help Islanders to 3-0 victory on Thursday at Verizon Center.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

For the first 40 minutes of Thursday's game between the Capitals and the New York Islanders, the two sides played scoreless and largely mistake-free - if somewhat boring - hockey. Neither team scored a special teams goal in Thursday's game, but the Islanders won the special teams battle and the game, blanking the Capitals 3-0 behind 38 saves from ex-Cap/nemesis Jaroslav Halak. 

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