PHILADELPHIA – When the Washington Capitals looked at their schedule two weeks ago, they were met with what appeared to be a daunting task.
From March 10 – 22, the Caps would play six of seven games on the road, including a season-long five-game trip.
The list of opponents included the past two Stanley Cup champions in the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks and two of the NHL’s best teams on home ice in the Winnipeg Jets and Detroit Red Wings.
But as the Capitals prepare for Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers — the finale of what was potentially a grueling seven-game stretch — they do so with the chance to finish with a 5-2-0 record.
“You want to tap right into that feeling we had in Detroit,” Mike Knuble said of Monday’s 5-3 win against the favored Red Wings. “We want to try to duplicate that. We know it won’t happen like that all the time and that was an incredibly great start that we had