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Counting Schmidt and the injured Tom Poti, Washington still has nine defensemen available, but those guys aren’t letting that worry them.

“I think as a player when you start thinking about numbers and start thinking about that stuff it takes your focus away from the game,” Steve Oleksy said. “It’s part of our job to be ready and to play to our full potential game in and game out. I think when you start looking at that stuff, I think it’s tough to do.”