Capitals News: Barry Trotz Prepping Washington For "Huge" Game On Tuesday Against Edmonton

After two disheartening losses in two days this week, the Washington Capitals are looking to Tuesday's home contest against the lowly Edmonton Oilers as a pivotal game heading into the long All-Star Break ahead.

“Oh, it’s huge,” Coach Barry Trotz said, via the Washington Post. “It’s huge. We’re trying to stay with the few teams. We’re trying to stay above teams, so to me, we had a good push today. We didn’t want to lose today, so it’s imperative that we get Tuesday. We have to be hungry. We have to get that game. To me, it’s almost like a must game.”

The Capitals have lost consecutive game for the first time since late November/early December, and a statement against the Oilers would keep the team from having to mull over a three-game slide over a several-day hiatus.

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“It’s a team that you need to beat and at this point we have to beat them,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “It’s two points, you want to have going into the break. If you get those, it’s a pretty solid six, seven weeks that we’ve had. That’s what you want, momentum going into the final stretch.”

Sitting two points out of second place in the Metropolitan Division after being 12 points out on December 2nd, the Capitals would love to punctuate an impressive 14-4-2 stretch with a momentum-building win over the young, disorganized Oilers.

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