With 15 games remaining in the regular season, the Capitals would need a strong push to catch the Penguins, Rangers or Islanders.
The Capitals want Andre Burakovsky to play big minutes in Hershey. Bears coach Troy Mann wants Burakovsky to earn them.
Tyler Lewington was the Caps' final pick of the 2013 NHL draft. He signed his first pro contract on Thursday.
The Caps added two players at the deadline and both are already paying dividends.
The Caps took full advantage of a tired Sabres team that was starting AHL call-up goaltender Matt Hackett Saturday night.