With 15 days remaining in the regular season the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the NHLs Eastern Conference is down two teams the late-charging Buffalo Sabres and hard-luck Washingt
It was the kind of loss that leaves coaches wondering how so much could go so wrong so quickly.
Capitals right wing Joel Ward is sidelined day-to-day with what the team is calling a lower body injury that is believed to be a foot injury.
Alex Ovechkin is calling it "probably the biggest game of the year."
Troy Brouwer echoed those sentiments, calling it "maybe a make-or-break game in our season."
When they looked at the schedule, there were many Capitals fans who dreaded this five-game road trip.