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Business as usual has been the attitude for a while, as players shrugged off worrying about the trade deadline. Now the Caps don’t have any other choice: They play the New York Islanders on Tuesday night to open a five-game homestand.

Whether Washington can make up the ground and clinch a playoff berth is a matter of finding consistency.

“I think it depends how we play,” goaltender Tomas Vokoun said. “I think in the past we have been sometimes a two-faced team. Sometimes we look awesome, and sometimes we don’t look so good. I think there’s still a lot of good players in this locker room. They’ve got to play up to their capabilities.”