The Capitals have a problem letting penalties interrupt their offensive game-plan. It causes a snowball effect by exhausting some players and putting everyone out of rhythm.
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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.