Last Friday, Dale Hunter sent a not-so-subtle message to slumping right wing Alex Semin when he relegated him to the fourth line for a practice.
So why have the Caps climbed back into the hunt for a fifth straight Southeast Division title with three straight victories?
The Capitals certainly havent arrived here under the most ideal conditions.
They have strung together two or more wins in a row just twice since Jan. 15.
The Caps know they have their work cut out for themselves in the remaining weeks of the regular season. Most of the heavy-lifting will come away from D.C.
Since he arrived as head coach of the Capitals on Nov. 28, Dale Hunter has been waiting for one of his goalies to nail down the No. 1 job between the pipes.