ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals have been effective in their goal to shut down New York Rangers forward Rick Nash in the Eastern Conference Second Round and look to continue that success in Game 4 on Wednesday at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2).
Nash has been held to one point, an assist, through three games in the best-of-7 series, which the Capitals lead 2-1.
"I think we've contained him fairly well," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "[It's] strong 1-on-1 battles, good matchups and a five-man mentality on taking away time and space. It's no different than anybody else that you do in the regular season."
Throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs the Capitals have maintained a calm confidence. Nothing seems to rattle them. Defenseman Karl Alzner said it's a result of a mindset they tried to have all season that every game is a playoff game.
"We weren't in the greatest position in the standings in the middle of the year," Alzner said. "We were always trying to take every game as [seriously] as a playoff game and try to play that style because everybody talks about not being able to play that style and flip a switch. We didn't want to have to change everything coming into the playoffs if we made it."
The Capitals have won all four games following a loss through 10 games in the playoffs. That ability to rebound is a result of the consistency they've had all season.
"We try and bounce back after everything," Alzner said. "It doesn't matter if it's a goal or it's a loss. We try to be better the next day and change things. It has to do with what we do away from the ice, the video stuff. We break things down really [well]. The coaches do a good job of preparing us for fixing the flaws from the game before. We get angry and we want to win. That's the main thing."
Trotz hasn't made any lineup changes since Game 7 of the first round, when forward Curtis Glencross played after being a healthy scratch for three games.
"I like what I see and the consistency," Trotz said. "I don't think we need to change if one game they're off a little bit. I think they've been pretty good. They complement each other."
Here are the projected lineups:
Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Martin St. Louis
Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Jesper Fast
Carl Hagelin - Kevin Hayes - J.T. Miller
James Sheppard - Dominic Moore - Tanner Glass
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Marc Staal - Kevin Klein
Keith Yandle - Dan Boyle
Scratched: Ryan Bourque, Matt Hunwick, Chris Summers
Injured: Mats Zuccarello (upper body)
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Joel Ward
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Jason Chimera
Andre Burakovsky - Jay Beagle - Troy Brouwer
Curtis Glencross - Brooks Laich - Tom Wilson
Brooks Orpik - John Carlson
Matt Niskanen - Karl Alzner
Mike Green - Tim Gleason
Scratched: Michael Latta
Injured: Eric Fehr (upper body), John Erskine (neck surgery), Dmitry Orlov (wrist)
Status report: Fehr participated in the morning skate for the second day in a row but won't play in Game 4. There is no timetable for his return.
Who's hot: Ovechkin has eight points in his past 10 playoff games and three points in his past three games.