With six games remaining in the 2011/12 season, the Washington Capitals find themselves in unfamiliar territory. They are a bubble team that need to win every chance they get to solidify a playoff berth.
With 84 points through 76 games, the Capitals are tied with the Buffalo Sabres, finding themselves only in a playoff spot because of their advantage in the tiebreaker—more combined wins in regulation and overtime. That said, the Sabres have been closing quickly, and with a 7-1-2 record in their last 10 games (including a four-game winning streak), they are playing some of their best hockey of the season.
Here are four things the Washington Capitals must do in order to reach the playoffs.