DETROIT -- Maybe it was the hour of sleep they lost while their chartered flight was grounded by fog late Sunday night.
Last Friday, Dale Hunter sent a not-so-subtle message to slumping right wing Alex Semin when he relegated him to the fourth line for a practice.
Since the beginning of November, the Capitals have shown glimpses of a team capable of going on a long win streak that separates them from the rest of the Southeast Division.
News and notes as the Capitals prepare for tonights 5 p.m. puck drop against the Toronto Maple Leafs:
Alex Semin hasnt taken a minor penalty in nine games. Thats a good thing.
But he also hasnt picked up a point and is a minus-2 in his last five games.