The Caps were in first place after beating Tampa Bay, but one night later that lead was relinquished back to the Florida Panthers, who doubled up the Caps, 4-2.
Michal Neuvirth let in some unfortunate goals and the Capitals fell in their last game of the road trip 4-2 to the Panthers.
Three third-period goals gave the Panthers a 4-2 win over the Caps, moving Florida into first place in the Southeast Division -- one point ahead of Washington.
The Capitals will give Joel Rechlicz his second straight game in a Capitals uniform. The Panthers may be without their leading scorer.