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Today, they are three games over .500 and looking like a team destined for mediocrity.

Back-to-back losses by a combined score of 9-2 often trigger moves by a general manager.

But what should McPhee do?

Should he send Philipp Grubauer back to Hershey after seeing him get pulled in his last two starts? Should he keep Grubauer and trade Michal Neuvierh, who has played twice in the past two months?

Should he trade Marty Erat, who took three killer penalties against the Rangers Sunday night?

Should he do something much bigger and consider trading one of the Capitals' core players?

Or should he do nothing and let the Caps figure out what they need to do to get back on track?

“We’re in a slump right now, that’s for sure,” Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said. “We have to start playing way better around here. It’s tough right now. “