News and notes as the Capitals [15-16-1, 31 points] and Islanders [14-15-3, 31 points] prepare for tonight’s puck drop at Verizon Center [6:30 p.m. Caps Central, CSN]:
The Alexander Semin experiment in Carolina is apparently going to last beyond this season after all.
With the NHL Trade Deadline now just eight days away, the week ahead is the final test for the Capitals to prove that they have the players in place to make a deep playoff push.
A monumental week in DC as John Wall had a career night against Memphis, and Alex Ovechkin was named NHL's First Star.