Having been dispatched by the Boston Bruins in consecutive games, the Caps have something of a lull in their upcoming schedule. In their next four games they will host Atlanta, then go on the road to face Carolina, Minnesota, and Calgary. Those four teams are a combined 12-11-1 so far and have a combined goals for/goals against record of 64 goals for and 67 against. It's also worth noting that these four clubs have a combined penalty killing mark of 80.7 percent. Atlanta and Carolina are both bottom-five clubs in this regard.
A chance for the Caps to reverse the recent trend. Because after that they get Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, the Rangers, and Tampa Bay in the next five games. Three of those teams -- Toronto, Boston, and Tampa Bay have only one loss in regulation.
Gotta make hay while the sun shines. And the sun is shining on the Caps' schedule over the next week.