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Part of that, the coach said, is an effort to limit 37-year-old Roman Hamrlik’s ice time so as to not wear him down in November. Hamrlik and John Carlson are on the second unit, which also hasn’t been tearing things up.

Alex Ovechkin has spent much of this season on the left wall and moving around the offensive zone, rather than at the point. Boudreau said it’s an effort to make Ovechkin harder to defend.

But Ovechkin feels more comfortable out there because of his experience. Boudreau’s willing to move guys around until something works.

When or how that happens remains to be seen, but the Caps aren’t overreacting to the power-play woes.

“Every team goes through lulls where they’re not doing very well,” Brouwer said. “It’ll come.”