After once again being outshot, this time 28-17, it all seemed to catch up to Washington on Tuesday night in a 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders.
The Capitals have played most of the season without Mike Green. They likely won't see him play until late February.
With rookie Dmitry Orlov playing well, Caps GM George McPhee appears willing to stand pat at the trade deadline.
George McPhee said center Nicklas Backstrom (concussion symptoms) is progressing really well and he is not ruling out the possibility of the 24-year-old center's returning to the Capitals line
The Caps are hoping that by having surgery Mike Green will be back in 4-6 weeks.