OK, here is the rest of December for the Caps...
New Jersey (16-10-2)
NY Rangers (15-12-2)
at Tampa Bay (13-13-2)
at Detroit (20-6-2)
at NY Islanders (13-12-2)
Tampa Bay (13-13-2)
at Pittsburgh (14-12-2)
at Ottawa (18-7-3)
Counting each team only once, the combined record of opponents is 149-108-21. Every team but Buffalo is at least a .500 team. There are three division leaders and six top-eight teams in there. Ten conference games...
Let's say the Caps go 9-2 against these teams. They'd still be 18-19-2.
I think they'd rather have coal in their stockings than this schedule.