Peter Laviolette says the Washington Capitals are focussing on tidying up their game to help add to his 700 career wins in the NHL regular season.
The Capitals, 22/1 to win the Stanley Cup, beat Laviolette's former team the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Tuesday, helping the 57-year-old reach the milestone which has only been achieved by ten NHL coaches previously.
Washington began the NHL season in fine form going 20-6-7 and their points-percentage of .712 at the turn of the year was tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for second best in the NHL.
Since, though, the Capitals have gone 6-9-2 and before beating Nashville had lost three of the last four.
Against the Predators, Captain Alexander Ovechkin scored twice to take his team-leading goal tally to 31 which ranks fourth in the NHL.
On the road, Washington have gone 15-5-4, but their home form has stuttered in recent weeks recording just three wins their last 13 games at Capital One Arena (3-9-1). This, after starting the season with points in 13 of their first 14 (9-1-4) in DC.
Laviolette is in a second season with the Capitals after spending six and a half seasons with the Predators.
Asked about the difference between the early season form and of more recent times, Laviolette commented: "It's a game of mistakes where one or two or three things done differently can change the course of the game, and right now we're working just to clean that up a little bit.
"There's not a lot of room for mistakes out there right now and it's that one extra mistake that's catching us."