Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14
If the Washington Capitals' first two games have proven anything, it's that they are a work in progress struggling to learn a new system under a new coach. The shortened season makes it even more important for them to be a quick study. Washington looks to avoid its first season-opening three-game losing streak in nearly two decades Thursday night when it faces the visiting Montreal Canadiens. After allowing three unanswered third-period goals in a 6-3 loss at Tampa Bay in Saturday's season opener, the Capitals lost their home opener for the first time since 2000, falling 4-2 to Winnipeg on Tuesday. The start is the Capitals' worst since they dropped their first six games to begin 1993-94. Any losing streak is magnified in the lockout-shortened season, and a quick training camp and lack of preseason games didn't give first-time NHL coach Adam Oates much time to implement his systems. "At this stage of the year, there's a little confidence issue," Oates said. "We're all second-g...
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