Metro Match - It's been nearly a month since the Caps faced a fellow Metropolitan Division denizen, but tonight in Philadelphia they'll take on the Flyers, ending a stretch of 10 straight games against Atlantic Division and Western Conference opponents.
Not Tonight - Throughout the first quarter of the 2019-20 season, the Capitals have been resourceful in routinely finding ways to win hockey games on nights when they're not necessarily playing at the peak of their collective game. They nearly did so again on Monday night against the visiting Arizona Coyotes, but a pair of video reviews that went against them forced the Caps to settle for a single point instead of two in a 4-3 shootout loss.
Hockey is a game of inches, as we were twice reminded on Monday night at Capital One Arena. Benefiting from a couple of close video review calls that rightfully went their way, the Arizona Coyotes won a 4-3 shootout decision from the Caps.
Six Blade Knife - With a six-game winning streak and points in 11 straight games (10-0-1), the Caps are as hot as any team in the league right now. They'll put those streaks on the line again on Monday night against the Arizona Coyotes as they conclude a brief two-game homestand.
Don't Be Denied - Saturday night was hockey night in Washington, the Caps and the Vegas Golden Knights spent most of the first 40 minutes trying to assert themselves and to put their stamp on the contest. Stanley Cup Final combatants less than 18 months ago, Washington and Vegas came into Saturday's tilt having played fewer regular season games (four) than playoff games (five) against one another.
Call Of The West - The Caps play their 18th game of the still young 2019-20 season tonight when they host the Vegas Golden Knights in the opener of a two-game homestand. Saturday's game against the Knights is the 11th of those 18 contests to come against a Western Conference opponent, and the Caps will be halfway through their 30-game Western Conference slate before the first week of December is over.