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.
Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal at 1:04 of overtime, enabling the Caps to complete a comeback to end their losing streak at four with a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. Neither the Caps nor the Flyers had won past the 60-minute mark this season, but Ovechkin's goal erased that goose egg for Washington, which won despite never holding a lead at any point for the sixth time in its last seven games.
Rough And Rocky - Fresh from their first gap of more than a day between games in well over three weeks, the Caps jump back into action on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers. The game pits a pair of Metro Division rivals, both of which are missing a number of key players from their lineup, and both of which are seeking to shake off losing streaks.