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Opponents have had a lot of options against the Capitals — and taken them — with goals from the point, sliding across the slot and on the weak side. But they made it an emphasis on penalty killing in practice Monday with the idea of fixing this problem before it leads to more defeats.

“We’re starting to adjust like that, and we’re having to make adjustments,” Boudreau said. “But we are making those adjustments and we will get better with it.”

NOTE: The Caps on Monday placed enforcer D.J. King on waivers with the purpose of gauging if another NHL team was interested. King, who has appeared in one game so far, said that was to be “fair” to him because his camp asked the team to find him a place to play.