The Capitals returned to practice on Monday, but without daddy-to-be defenseman Brooks Orpik.
The last time the Capitals had an extended break in the schedule they lost a pair of home games. Barry Trotz won't let it happen again.
A late surge by the Ottawa Senators could make the playoff race very interesting for the Caps.
The Caps still hold the first wild-card spot in the East, but the Bruins and Senators are not far behind.