Spinning Wheels - When the Caps defeated the Canadiens in Montreal on Jan. 27 in their first game following their midseason break, it gave them a four-game winning streak, their fourth streak of four or more straight wins this season. But in the three weeks since then, the Caps have been unable to find any traction.
Before the midpoint of the 2019-20 season, the Capitals accrued enough standings equity that they could play what passes for .500 hockey in the modern NHL the remainder of the season and still finish with 100 points. For the last three weeks now, they've been playing .500 hockey, essentially alternating wins with losses.
Traction In The Desert - Two nights after starting their three-game road trip with a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Colorado Avalanche in Denver, the Caps take on the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale on Saturday night. The Caps will be looking for their first set of consecutive wins since they returned from their midseason break; Washington won four straight games from Jan. 13-27 -- sandwiched around that break - but hasn't been able to put together two in a row since.
Rocky Mountain High - The Caps started a three-game Western road trip in Denver on Thursday night, facing the hottest team in the Western Conference in the Colorado Avalanche. Washington came into the contest having allowed a dozen goals in its previous two games - both at home - and having yielded an average of four goals a game in its previous seven contests.
T.J. Oshie's tip-in tally with 2:04 left in the third period topped off another Caps comeback, giving Washington a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on Thursday night. The victory came after the Caps fell down 2-0 in the first, and it halted their short slide at two games.
On The Road Again - For the first time in nearly two months, the Caps are off on an actual road trip. Since returning from a two-game foray to Tampa Bay and Columbus in mid-December - the Caps' Mentors' Trip for this season - Washington has had a series of eight straight one-game road trips.
At Home He's A Tourist - Over the course of the Alex Ovechkin era in Washington, the Caps have been a dominant team on home ice. Since Ovechkin's NHL career began in 2005-06, Washington owned a .665 points pct. on home ice, entering this season. That included the first two seasons of Ovechkin's career, when the Caps were a shade under .500 at home overall.
There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the Capitals were a lethal team both on home ice and against Metro Division opponents, but that hasn't been the case this season. The New York Islanders came into Capital One Arena on Monday night and took a 5-3 decision, handing the Caps their second straight dismal defeat to a divisional foe, and leaving them at 1-3-0 over a season-long four-game homestand at the outset of February.