The Washington Capitals much like the rest of the National Hockey League teams are getting used to playing the same opponent. Thanks to the repetition the Capitals have been able to learn what adjustments they can make and how they can improve as a team.
In their most recent set of games, the Caps split a set of back-to-backs. They saw a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday, then were able to rebound in a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
One of the bright spots for the Capitals as a team has been the fact that they have fared well on the power play, the Caps have not gone more than two games without scoring with the extra man. They have been able to record a power-play goal in 11 of 17 games this season: and in three of those 11 contests.
The Capitals and the Penguins have had a great history prior to this season, but that only got enhanced by this seasons schedule. These two teams have been able to play four times previously this season, with all the games being played in Pittsburgh.
In those games the Capitals power play was limited to 2-for-15, which resulted in a 1-2 record in the Steel City. The rivalry with these two teams will continue, as they will meet again on April 29-May 1.
The Capitals are looking to gain distance between themselves and the Penguins in the National Hockey League standings, trying to maintain their top spot as one of the best teams in the League.
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