News and notes as the Capitals [27-23-9, 63 points] visit the Florida Panthers [22-29-7, 51 points] tonight at BB&TCenter [7 p.m. Caps Central, CSN]:
The Capitals will begin their post-Olympic stretch run with Braden Holtby between the pipes and, presumably, Marcus Johansson back in the lineup.
Two years ago, in their only season under Dale Hunter, the Capitals needed to go 10-4-3 in their final 17 games to grab one of the two final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference
With Jack Hillen’s return to game action still in question, the Capitals have recalled left-handed defenseman Julien Bouillette from the Hershey Bears and had him join them on their flight to Flor