The Caps just weren’t ready for their last two games against the some of the league’s dregs. They eked out a win in the rarefied air of Colorado but seemed totally inert in Arizona’s desert. That effort just won’t do on Sunday evening as Washington face off against Columbus as they chase the Caps for first seed in the east.
This is a big one. You can watch with us at 6 PM on CSN.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||51-18-8||53.3%||102.9||23.6% (3rd)||84.0% (7th)|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||49-20-8||51.0%||101.9||20.1% (10th)||82.7% (9th)|
No idea. Let’s pretend no changes.
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Oshie
Johansson – Kuznetsov – Williams
Connolly – Eller – Burakovsky
Winnik – Beagle – Wilson
Alzner – Carlson
Orlov – Niskanen
Orpik – Shattenkirk
(Our out-of-town scoreboard is sponsored exclusively by evil corporations.)
There are basically four teams competing for the final playoff spots: Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, and Tampa. Here are the standings as of right now.
The Caps have 4 and 5 points on Columbus and Pittsburgh, but it won’t be an easy final week — starting with tonight’s game.
Down near the Wild Card spots, anything can happen. Toronto and Ottawa are basically tied for second in the Atlantic (Toronto has the tiebreaker), but they’re only one point ahead of Boston with a game in hand.
The Isles are in trouble, and Tavares is out, but stranger things have happened. Tampa, who would be a sleeper if they make it into the ‘loffs, have a game in hand on Boston.
If the ‘loffs started right now, we’d be like wtf, and then the Caps would host Boston in the first round. I don’t love that matchup.
Here’s matchups for the final week of the #rego season:
Remaining schedule. pic.twitter.com/avyyMvrMuA
— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) April 2, 2017
With Boston's win over Chicago, the Caps would now play the Senators if the playoffs started today pic.twitter.com/YKxeL7v7zs
— RMNB (@russianmachine) April 2, 2017
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