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Washington Capitals adjusting to new coach Adam Oates

The Washington Capitals are back on the ice and adjusting to new coach Adam Oates virtually on the fly.

Washington opens the season on Saturday at Tampa Bay, giving Oates just six practices and a scrimmage to install his system, which is a cross between Bruce Boudreau's up-tempo scheme and successor Dale Hunter's defensive-oriented game plan.

Winger Matt Hendricks said the Caps' first day back together since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals was like going back to school, but with a new teacher.

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