'No panic' from Capitals despite five-game losing streak

Chris Lingebach
January 22, 2019 - 5:19 pm
'No panic' from Capitals despite five-game losing streak

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The Capitals have spiraled into a five-game losing streak, dropping eight of their last 11 games, to trail the first-place Islanders by three points in the Metro Division, with two games to go before the All-Star break.

For now, their focus remains on snapping out of it – somehow, some way – with a win before going on hiatus.

"It's a long year. Every team goes through this," Devante Smith-Pelly said Friday during his weekly 106.7 The Fan appearance, presented by F.H. Furr.

"At some point, especially in January, February – the kind of dog days of the season – things are pretty tough around this time," he said. "It's not a lack of effort or anything like that, it's just a couple of mistakes and taking kind of our focus away at certain times, and it kind of just ends up in the back of our net.

"No one's too, too worried about it. I mean, it's relatively early, I guess you could say. It's the middle of the year. Like I said, every team goes through it. We've all been through it, no matter if you were here before or somewhere else."

Smith-Pelly was asked, if he's not worried yet, when might be an appropriate time to... worry?

"I don't know. I don't think anyone's too, too worried regardless of what happens (against the Islanders), obviously," he said. "The point is to come out, like you said, firing and feeling good about ourselves. But, I mean we've got four games before the break. We just have to make sure we play pretty well before that and then kind of take your mind off it, and then you get to restart again. I'm not really sure what can happen to make anyone start to panic. I don't think there is any panic in this room, regardless."

The Capitals have since dropped two more games, falling 2-0 to the Islanders on Friday and 8-5 to the Blackhawks on Sunday.

They have two games left before the All-Star break on Saturday, Jan. 26. Tuesday night, they host the Sharks, and on Wednesday, they travel to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs. From there, they'll have eight days off, before returning to face the Flames at Capital One Arena on Friday, Feb. 1.

If they can't get a win this week, the Caps will be riding a seven-game losing streak into the break.

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