Despite their long losing streak the Caps are still in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race with seven games before the Olympics.
With Mikhail Grabovski on the shelf, Adam Oates has found a 'dominant' line with Jason Chimera, Jay Beagle and Tom Wilson.
Mikhail Grabovski and Brooks Laich did not practice with the Capitals but both are expected to make the club's trip to Buffalo.
The Capitals are trying to work three young defensemen into the lineup at the same time. Their struggles have been predictable.