Penguins lose again, this time to the Flyers (and take another injury hit), so the Caps and Blue Jackets have a game up on them. That's three losses in a row for the Pens. They also have upcoming games against the Blackhawks on Wednesday, Rangers on Friday, then Blue Jackets the following Tuesday, so their schedule is pretty tough.
Columbus has the Blackhawks on Friday, Capitals on Sunday, then Penguins on the following Tuesday, so they have quite a gauntlet to go through as well
The Capitals have a road trip coming up that goes Minny, Colorado, Arizona, Columbus, Toronto. Not too many tough teams, but playing 5 road games in 8 days is tough.
Meanwhile, Connor McDavid is leading the league in points in just his first full season while the Oilers are tied for first in the Pacific!