Five games is the number of consecutive games the Capitals won this season and it only happened twice. Other than those two mini five game winning streaks the play has been inconsistent to put it mildly.
"“I don’t think we were consistent enough to get success. We won one game, we would lose two games … [There were] lots of reasons why we never had that kind of success, lots of injuries, lines changing most of the time. And when you’re healthy, you stick with all four lines to find chemistry and to find different ways to find success.”"
Now the Caps have a long summer ahead but that can actually benefit an old team like these guys. T.J. Oshie said:
"“I think everyone talks about the age of some of our guys. So what better way to go against that than to give these guys the ability to train for four months and really get ready like some teams are able to.”"
Oshie already has the right mindset. He also noted that teams like the New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres benefitted from missing the playoffs last season as each are the fastest in the league this season. Luckily for the Devils, they got in.