The Capitals couldn't hold on against the Canucks and fell 4-3 at home. A slow start and poor penalty kills were to blame for the tough loss.
The consensus around the NHL this month is that while the 2014 free agent class is thinner than in years past, there could be plenty of player movement via trade.
Now that the Capitals and Nashville Predators have hired Barry Trotz and Peter Laviolette as their new head coaches, the number of NHL head coaching vacancies is down to three.
The Edmonton Oilers served notice in their season opener that they probably won't be pushovers against the Vancouver Canucks this season.