While the Washington Capitals try to prevent any further regression, the Carolina Hurricanes hope to maintain the level of play that has them atop the Southeast Division.
The Capitals look to avoid a third straight defeat as they visit the Hurricanes in the opener of a home-and-home set Tuesday night.
Washington (10-13-1) had won eight of 11 before a lack of discipline led to back-to-back losses against the teams from New York.
Two double-minor penalties in less than four minutes of the third period Saturday resulted in two power-play goals by the Islanders in a 5-2 loss.
After saying referees needed to show his team more respect before the Caps' next game, Alex Ovechkin was cited for two penalties within seconds without a stoppage in play in the second period against the Rangers on Sunday. New York scored on the delayed call of the first penalty and added another goal with Ovechkin in the box en route to a 4-1 victory.
"It's frustrating," forward Troy Brouwer told the Capitals...