The Capitals remain the only team in the Eastern Conference without a road win this season (0-4-1), but that could change by week’s end. Washington hits the road for three games over six days as the Caps visit the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers.
Including this past Saturday’s win against Florida, the Capitals are in the middle of playing three straight games within the Southeast Division.
“Having Florida and Tampa right around each other here, that can help get us into a little bit of a better spot,” defenseman Karl Alzner said on Saturday.
“Right now, you have to think first things first and that’s to get yourself into a good position and get yourself into the playoffs, but obviously you want to beat your division teams as much as you can and try to send whatever little message that you may be able to.”
Below is a look at this week’s three matchups. All numbers are through Sunday.
The Capitals and Panthers will meet for the second time in four days as Washington looks to build off Saturday’s 5-0 win at Verizon Center.
Braden Holtby turned aside all 27 shots for his first shutout of the season as he improved to 2-0-0 lifetime against Florida with a 1.27 goals-against-average and .951 save percentage.
Among the Panthers who could not beat Holtby on Saturday was former Capitals forward Tomas Fleischmann. The 28-year-old Fleischmann has three goals and a team-high nine points in 11 games this season for the Panthers.
Kevin Dineen’s Panthers will be playing their first home game since Jan. 31. Florida is 2-2-0 at the BB&T Center so far this season and 3-1-1 in its last five games overall.
Tough road test up next for Caps
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