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The Washington Capitals' lackluster play is nothing new, and with a month left in the season, it's no longer safe to assume the four-time reigning Southeast Division champions will simply turn it on and make a playoff push.
As the losses pile up, Washington sounds less and less like a team that believes it can.
The Capitals try to avoid matching a season high with a fourth consecutive defeat when they wrap up a five-game homestand against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Washington had more points than any team over the past two seasons and ruled the Southeast for two seasons before that, but a place in the Eastern Conference's top eight is hardly a guarantee right now.
The Capitals find themselves in third place in the division and ninth in the conference with 16 games left, and their seven-game win streak to open the season couldn't seem much mor...