"I think guys enjoy getting on the road," said coach Barry Trotz, a native of western Manitoba. "I think there's a bond that happens a little bit. Guys go for dinner a little bit more in bigger groups and I think that gets you into hockey mode. It's [a] you-against-the-world-type of mentality, and we're going into some pretty good markets, some hockey crazy markets, in Edmonton and Calgary and Vancouver, and I think that's good for motivation for us."
Coach Barry Trotz said Monday, after the Capitals completed a 90-minute practice yet before the announcement was made, that he would have a discussion with Wilson regarding the team's plans for the coming week.