Bring It On Home - It took four games, but the Caps finally claimed their first home ice victory of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday night, rebounding from a rugged start to take down the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3.
On Wednesday morning, Caps defenseman John Carlson acknowledged his team's early struggles on home ice this season. "We haven't been good at home, so that's going to be a big thing for us," he said, ahead of Washington's meeting with the Toronto Maple Leafs. "We've always been a good home team, and it's something where we want to carry on that tradition. It's been unacceptable at home - our efforts - and we'll look to change that tonight."
At Home He's A Tourist - For the first time since 1983-84 when Washington opened the season with an 0-7-0 mark and went 0-3-0 in its first three games at the old Capital Centre in Landover, the Caps are without a victory (0-1-2) in their first three home games of the season. They get their next chance to remedy that shortcoming tonight when the high-octane Toronto Maple Leafs roll into town.
I Can't Get Started - Monday's game between the Caps and the Colorado Avalanche at Capital One Arena featured an unusual 5 p.m. start time, and it seemed as though only one team got the memo as to the start time.
Last week, the Capitals couldn't close out a couple of late leads in dropping their first two home games of the season. They opened a three-game homestand on Monday afternoon against the Colorado Avalanche, and found the situation reversed; the Caps couldn't get started, at least not until it was too late.