Posted February 28, 2012 on AP on Fox
Despite sitting on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Washington Capitals had enough confidence in their current players not to make a move before the NHL trade deadline. Washington seeks a third straight victory Tuesday when it opens a five-game homestand Tuesday night against a New York Islanders team which has already defeated the Capitals twice in 2011-12. The Capitals (31-26-5) have won the last four Southeast Division titles but are currently ninth in the East, one point behind Winnipeg for the eighth seed but also only three points back of Florida for the division lead and third seed. Though his team continues to play without top center Nicklas Backstrom, general manager George McPhee chose to stand pat at Monday's deadline. "We would have added something to the team if we thought it would make us better, but it had to make us better, and what transpired (Monday) really there wasn't anything there that really would have been the right ...
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