Opportunity Knocks Once, Then The Door Slams Shut - Heading into Sunday's finale of their five-game homestand against the Arizona Coyotes, the Caps had an opportunity to take a couple of points from a road weary team, a team playing on the shortest turnaround - just 22 hours - allowed by the NHL's collective bargaining agreement. It was also an opportunity for the Caps to finish the homestand on a winning and high note; a win would leave them at 3-1-1 for the homestand while a regulation loss would leave a decidedly less appealing 2-2-1 mark to show for those five games in the District.
Several times a season in the NHL, the schedule throws you a favorable match-up. Such was the case for the Capitals on Sunday afternoon when the Arizona Coyotes came to town, playing their second game in as many nights and third game in four nights against a rested Washington team seeking to finish a five-game homestand on a high note.
Pack It Up - The Caps conclude a five-game homestand on Sunday afternoon when they host the Arizona Coyotes at Capital One Arena. Washington is 2-1-1 on the homestand to date, and it is coming into Sunday's finale on the heels of its lone regulation loss of the week, a 2-1 setback at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
Streak Stopped - The Caps entered Friday's game against Columbus having won two straight for the first time this season, and owning a three-game point streak (2-0-1). Both of those streaks came to a halt as the Jackets earned a 2-1 win over Washington.
Playing with a patchwork blueline against one of the league's most aggressive forechecking teams on Friday night, the Caps figured to have their hands full against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Washington's youthful blueline acquitted itself well and gave the Jackets nothing at five-on-five, but on a night where it was all about special teams, the Caps were shorthanded personnel-wise and came up short on the scoreboard, 2-1.
Jacket Weather - The Caps continue their five-game homestand on Friday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets make the first of their two trips to the District this season. The Caps and Jackets come into tonight's game with 17 points each, and the winner will vault over the idle New York Islanders and into the top spot in the Metropolitan Division standings.
Six Month Check-Up - Six months to the day after they eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins from the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Capitals entertained the Pens at Capital One Arena on Wednesday night. It was the second meeting of the regular season for the two Metro Division rivals; the Pens edged the Caps 7-6 in a wild game in Pittsburgh on Oct. 4.