News and notes as the Capitals [20-16-6] visit the Tampa Bay Lightning [26-13-4] tonight at Tampa Bay Times Forum [7:30 p.m., CSN]:
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.
The Capitals look to break their loosing streak as they travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning. Jill Sorenson has the preview.