Schmidt spent parts of the last two seasons with the Capitals and in the minor leagues, and after signing a two-year contract in July, he recognized that he needed to adjust if he hoped to stick in the NHL.
Orlov scored a goal in his third consecutive game and Braden Holtby finished with 23 saves as the Capitals rallied back to defeat the visiting Jets, 5-3, on Wednesday night.
The Capitals’ goaltender reached a number of career and team milestones last season, and a quarter of the way through this one, Holtby had one of his best performances of the year in a 1-0 victory over the Oilers.
Holtby had 33 saves, and Dmitry Orlov broke a scoreless tie 13:28 into the third period with his second goal in as many games as the Capitals defeated the Oilers, 1-0, on Monday night.
Justin Williams, Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson and Nate Schmidt all scored in the first period for the Capitals, who beat the Avalanche, 7-3, and sent them to their third consecutive loss.