Capitals News: Washington, Barry Trotz focused on 'trap game' against Ottawa on Monday

The Washington Capitals have put together a banner December, vaulting themselves to third in NHL's Metropolitan Division and temporarily out of the wild card muck in the Eastern Conference.

Despite securing points in their last eight games, including six wins, head coach Barry Trotz is still imploring his team to remain focused on a struggling Ottawa Senators team in advance of Monday's clash with the Sens.

“We haven’t weathered it yet,” he said of the trouble the team placed itself in after a slow start this year, per Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post. “We’ve got two more games, sort of the trap game’s right in front of us.”

The Capitals are a less-than-stellar 6-5-4 at the Verizon Center, and Trotz wants to make sure the team gives its home fans something to cheer about on Monday prior to a huge clash with the New York Rangers in the Big Apple on Tuesday.

“You look at our road record, we’re a pretty good road team,” Trotz said. “Our fans deserve that. Whatever it is, we need their energy and we’ve got to give them some energy and play well at home and establish the home turf.”

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