Some aspects of Washington's game looked better than they have recently on Wednesday night in Toronto, but right now that's a low bar. Other aspects of the Caps' collective game continued to plague them against the Leafs, and the result was a 6-3 loss that extends Washington's losing streak to seven straight games (0-5-2), their longest in almost exactly five years.
Last Stop Before Break - The Caps finally reach the end of a tough stretch of January scheduling in which they play 12 times in 21 nights with three sets of back-to-back games and four road trips in two weeks. The fourth of those trips is to Toronto, where the Caps will face the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night in their final game before a weeklong break from the rigors of the rink, the league's mostly annual All-Star break coupled with the Caps' bye week.
Six Down - Halfway through the third period of Tuesday's game against the San Jose Sharks, Washington appeared to be on the verge of ending a five-game losing streak (0-4-1), its longest slide in more than four years. They were up two goals, leading 6-4, against a weary Sharks team that had played and lost in Florida the night before.
The Caps' losing streak stretched to six straight in excruciating fashion on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena when they lost a 7-6 overtime game to the San Jose Sharks. Twice the Caps led this game by two goals, but ultimately, they couldn't get out of their own way.
Two To Go - Washington starts a set of back-to-back games on Tuesday night when it hosts the San Jose Sharks' lone visit to Capital One Arena this season. The Caps are off to Toronto immediately after Tuesday's tilt; they'll face the Maple Leafs there on Wednesday. After absorbing a 6-2 loss to the Panthers in Florida on Monday, the Sharks will be finishing up their own set of back-to-backs as well as a four-game road trip on Tuesday in D.C.
Five Down - In the wake of Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago, the Capitals find themselves saddled with a five-game losing streak (0-4-1), their longest in more than four years. The last time the Caps lost as many as five straight games was from Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2014, during the first month of Barry Trotz's four-year tenure as the team's head coach.
After managing just one five-on-five goal in their previous four games, the Caps erupted for five of them on Sunday in Chicago against the Blackhawks, all five of them from defensemen. Unfortunately, the Caps also surrendered half a dozen goals at five-on-five, and the result was another ugly loss to a Western Conference opponent, 8-5 to the Hawks.
Good Morning Chicago - The Caps face the Blackhawks on Sunday morning in Chicago, and yes, you read that right. Puck drop for Sunday's contest is at 11:30 a.m. local time, and the game pits a pair of teams seeking to halt losing streaks.