Since their last game, the Capitals secured a playoff spot. At this point it’s really unlikely they’ll even need a wild card spot. Tonight’s game against the formerly big bad Bruins and Saturday’s finale against the Rangers are really about vying for the home-ice advantage that being a higher seed affords.
If that makes this game less exciting for you, let me remind you that Alex Ovechkin will be playing in it.
Puck drops at 8 PM on stupid NBCSN.
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By way of Alex Prewitt, check out the rookie heat of the fourth line.
Ovechkin — Kuznetsov — Ward
Johansson — Backstrom — Brouwer
Glencross — Laich— Chimera
Burakovsky — Latta — Galiev
Orpik – Carlson
Alzner – Niskanen
Green – Gleason
Okay, but what about the King Clancy?
Trotz on facing Boston (but also math?): "If they’re 2% more urgent than us player-by-player, that’s 20% more and it starts adding up."
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) April 8, 2015
A year ago, when Holtby had .917 on 3k shots: "He’s looking pretty good, & I think he can get better." Now .920 on 5k http://t.co/sBvyrvEnLK
— Good Tweet Pete 🌮 (@peterhassett) April 7, 2015
The Rangers clinched, which means the 1st wild card spot will probably get to beat up on the Habs in the first round. That team is looking to be Pittsburgh, who lost in OT to Ottawa last night. I think Pittsburgh is a lock to make the playoffs (unless Buffalo accidentally plays well against them), so the Caps matchup is most likely to be the Islanders or the Pens.
If the Pens are healthy, I think they’d be the more dangerous team and one I’d rather the Caps not face in the first round. I’d also rather not root for injuries, and I’d also also rather not see them trounce the Canadiens. I’m quite torn.
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