For the most part, Adam Oates and his players believe they are playing well enough to be better than 0-2-2 in their last four games and 2-4-3 in their last nine.
The Capitals had a suspicion their four-day break in the schedule, their longest non-Olympic hiatus of the season, would have a negative impact on the Metropolitan Division standings.
Alex Ovechkin has shot TV commercials to promote it. He traveled all the way to Olympia, Greece to carry an Olympic torch for it.
The Capitals have struggled so far in 2014, losing both of their games and four straight overall. What can be done to get out of the rut?