Traction In The Rain - Winners of three of their last four games, the Caps will open up their December slate of contests tonight in Seattle against the Kraken, which eked out a 9-8 overtime victory over the Kings in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice in the first period - making plenty of history in the process - to stake the Caps to a much-needed early lead, and Washington built on the lead in an impressive 5-1 win over the Canucks in Vancouver on Tuesday night. While the win was Washington's third in its last four games, the Caps did shake off a six-game road losing streak with Tuesday's triumph, their longest road slide in over 15 years.
Call Of The West - The Caps are set to play their first games in the Pacific Time Zone this season, starting on Tuesday night in Vancouver against the Canucks in the second contest of a six-game road excursion. The folks back home are in for some late-night hockey every other night for the next week as the Caps move on to Seattle, Calgary and Edmonton, respectively, before finishing the trip in Philadelphia a week from Wednesday.
It was bound to happen sooner or later, but Washington's lengthy run of success against the New Jersey Devils came to a halt on Saturday night in Newark when the Devils handed the Caps a 5-1 setback. Jack Hughes notched the first hat trick of his career, a natural hat trick achieved in the second and third periods and bookended with goals from Nico Hischier in the first and Fabian Zetterlund in the third.
Living On The Road Again - The Caps are in New Jersey on Saturday night, finishing off a set of back-to-backs and a typical stretch of three games in four nights wrapped around the Thanksgiving holiday weekend against the Devils, who are as hot as any team in the League right now.
Darcy Kuemper made 32 saves to record his second shutout of the season and the 27th of his NHL career on Friday afternoon as the Capitals blanked the Calgary Flames 3-0 at Capital One Arena. Friday's win sends the Caps off on a six-game road trip - their longest journey of the season - with a pair of consecutive victories in their pocket, their first since Oct. 22-24.
Black Friday - The Caps clash with Calgary on Friday afternoon at Capital One Arena, closing out a three-game homestand and starting a set of back-to-back games. As soon as today's game is over, the Caps will lug their bags to the airport for a six-game, 12-day road trip that spans multiple time zones, starting on Saturday night against the Devils in New Jersey.