A private round of negotiations has led to hope that a deal can be reached by the end of the week.
Capitals coach Adam Oates is trying to make the most of his time in Hershey.
The NHL and its players will return to the bargaining table Tuesday amid hopes of significant progress.
One day after cancelling the Winter Classic key negotiators for the NHL and its players' union met until 1 a.m.
Despite Friday's cancellation of the Winter Classic, Capitals right wing Troy Brower is hopeful an NHL season can be salvaged.