The Capitals are hoping Brooks Laich can make it through the rest of this season despite recurring groin problems.
The Capitals need to climb over three teams if they hope to reach the playoffs for a seventh straight season.
The Capitals view Dmitry Orlov as a key member of their blue line. They now have just three players who are not under contract for next season.
No one knows how long Evgeny Kuznetsov plans on staying in the NHL. The Caps are banking it will be a long time.