After earning a split in New York to start their
But if there's one thing this spring's Stanley Cup playoffs have shown, it's that home ice is an advantage in name only. Road squads are 34-21 this postseason through Monday's games. The Capitals are 4-2 on the road and 1-2 at home.
The Capitals' results are a little perplexing when considering how they fared in the regular season. They went 26-11-4 at Verizon Center, the third-best home record in the East, but their record on the road was the worst among all playoff-bound teams at 16-21-4.
So for Washington, the easiest way to establish the upper hand against New York might be to take the same approach that has served them well in hostile buildings of late: Focus on remaining patient and stay committed to the game plan.
"Everyone says we have to keep it simple and stay patient," forward
The Capitals, who had just 10 road wins through the end of February, started to find some consistency away from home late in the year and won six of the final nine road games of the regular season. That solid play has continued in the playoffs. Washington thrived in the underdog role and played dedicated, straightforward defense to capture three of four games in Boston against the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins.
"I think that we're just paying attention to detail a little bit more. We're doing whatever it takes, every play, every shift," defenseman
At home against Boston, the Capitals occasionally would try to force plays. They would try to be too cute with the puck or allow themselves to get too riled up and abandon the discipline and poise that characterized their strong play on the road.
It's not new for the team to struggle at home in the postseason. In the seven series they've played since