Following a lackluster loss to the Rangers Thursday night, it certainly wasn't a normal day for the Caps.
Eric Fehr was told to head to Hershey for a conditioning stint with the Bears, then was called while driving up I-270 near Frederick and told to return for the team's trip to Detroit, as coach Bruce Boudreau looks to shake up the team's ineffective third and fourth lines and will shake up the lines with the return of the injured forward.
They head to Michigan and are facing a club that got bad news when they learned Johan Franzen tore his ACL in a 3-2 win over Chicago and will be missing one of their top forwards at least until after the Olympic break.
Detroit, which lost a pair of games in Sweden before righting the ship against Chicago thanks to a good performance from goaltender Chris Osgood.
Washington will be looking for more stability from their 'keepers, who have performed well at times, but both have been susceptible to giving up rapid-fire goals like the two by Marian Gaborik in short order in Thursday's setback.
The Caps have had reasonable success against the Wings in recent seasons, beating Detroit in the teams' only meeting last year and earning a shootout loss in their last trip to the Joe in 2007.
Washington's performance level has dropped in each of its four games, although it will be interesting to see if the Caps boost their effort level against a prime opponent than a Rangers team that they didn't work hard enough against.