Injuries have forced the Capitals to rearrange their forward lines. Jay Beagle got a promotion.
Pittsburgh established themselves as the NHL's top team last week, but with St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Boston coming on strong, could any of them challenge the Penguins for the top spot in the rankings this week?
The Capitals have outscored their opponents in the first two periods, but have had trouble holding leads in the third.
The Capitals may have blown a two-goal lead in the third period, but they came out of their weekend with two wins.
Just when things appeared to be moving in the wrong direction for Washington, Nicklas Backstrom's goal lifted Washington over Carolina.