Missed It By That Much - Starting a season-long four-game homestand at Capital One Arena on Thursday against Chicago, the Caps were seeking a fifth straight win on home ice. They didn't get it, falling to the visitors in the shootout by a 4-3 score.
Back in town to open up a season-long four-game homestand against Chicago on Thursday night, the Caps weren't able to extend their home winning streak to five games. They took their first lead of the night early in the third but couldn't hold it, falling 4-3 to Chicago in the shootout.
December's Dream - November was a difficult month for the Caps in terms of scheduling and dealing with injuries. Washington played most of its November games without four or five key players and with a handful of recalls from AHL Hershey in the lineup on a nightly basis, and it still managed a more than respectable 9-4-2 mark while playing 15 games in 30 nights, including 10 of them on the road.
The One That Got Away - Playing the Panthers in Florida on Tuesday night, the Caps were 20 minutes away from putting quite a coda on a rugged month of November. Entering the game on a 9-1-1 run in its prior 11 games, Washington carried a 4-1 lead into the last period of the last of its 15 November games, and the last of its 10 road games in the month.
For the first 40 minutes of play in Florida on Tuesday night, things were going swimmingly for the Capitals. They scored first, added to their lead and carried a three-goal cushion into the final frame against the Panthers, who were seeking to avoid losing three straight games in regulation for the first time this season.
Brothers Of The Road - The Caps close out the month of November tonight in Florida against the Panthers, finishing the month in the same state in which they started it. Tonight marks the Capitals' 10th road game this month, and despite dropping their first two road games of the month (0-1-1), the Caps enter tonight's game with a 5-1-1 record in their last seven road contests and a modest three-game winning streak.
Special Delivery - Through much of the first quarter of the regular season, the Caps have relied on a strong 5-on-5 game to keep a steady diet of standings points coming in. Heading into Friday's game against the Florida Panthers, the Caps owned a plus-22 goal differential at 5-on-5, tied for the best in the NHL.