With a loss by the Blue Jackets in Montreal and a win by the Capitals in Los Angeles, the Caps would wake up Friday in a playoff spot.
The Capitals have signed goaltender Pheonix Copley to a two-year contract. He's from the small town of North Pole, Alaska.
Jaroslav Halak says he's physically ready to carry the load down the stretch for the Capitals.
The Capitals needed to start their three-game trip on the right foot. Thanks to their power play, they earned a 3-2 win in Anaheim.