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NHL: Capitals aiming to clean up game

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.

Capitals' form has faded

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.

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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.

Laviolette worried by mistakes

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."

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