News and notes as the Capitals prepare for their 7 p.m. puck drop against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Verizon Center:
If the Capitals are to get into the playoffs, its looking more and more like it will have to be as the eighth seed.
As a player, Dale Hunter took out his frustrations with a two-hander to his opponents shins.
As a coach, his only weapon is ice time.
George McPhee says he talked to every NHL general manager 10 to 15 times in the past three or four days.