Washington Capitals Face a Test in Next Two Games vs. Lightning and Penguins

February 3rd, 2011 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
The Washington Capitals will play two games over the next few days that could have a profound impact on their NHL season.

On Friday they face the Tampa Bay Lightning, and on Sunday they play the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time since they faced them at the 2011 Winter Classic.

The Capitals trail the Lightning by five points in the Southeast Division. Over their last 10 games the Lightning have gone 7-3, while the Capitals have gone 3-3-4.

Tampa Bay is on a seven-game winning streak, beating the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers in their last game by a score of 4-0. The Capitals are on a three-game losing streak, dropping their last game to the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 3-2 in the shootout.

The loss marked the eighth time in a row that the Caps fell in overtime or during the shootout.

Meanwhile, the Penguins, playing without injured Sidney Crosby as well as Evgeni Malkin, are one point out of first place in the Eastern Conference and rolling on a four-game win streak.

If the Capitals can win both of these games, it will be a huge bump in confidence as they head down the stretch toward t ...

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