As the NHL regular season is coming to a close the playoffs are about to begin. But who will make the sweet 16 playoff spots to fight for a chance to win the Stanley Cup? That remains to be seen.
Looking at the SouthEast division, the Carolina Hurricanes lead the Capitols by five points, leading division because of their recent hot streak. The Canes have won five of their last six games including a 5-1 win against Ottawa today.
The bad news is that Carolina is going to be a tough team to beat in the competitive SE division.
The good news is that the Capitols are only one point behind the Sabres and two points behind the Flyers, who are the eighth place team right now. And to make the playoffs the Caps only have to be eighth place team in the East. In one night the Caps could take over the Flyer's eighth place spot. The Caps have a comfortable nine games left on the season to do so.
Luckily for the Caps the Flyers have recently lost their confidence losing to the Pengiuns 7-1 today. In fact the Flyers haven't gotten the full two points in two weeks! The Sabres have had a mediocre month going 3-3-2 and losing badly to the Caps on March 5th. Those teams cold feet in March are sure to bring them a nice rainy April.
On the other hand the the Caps are holding their ground in the March Winds. Their confidence is soaring having just won three games in a row against division rivals the Thrashers and Bruins. No Hurricanes here!
While the other teams stifle Ovechkins like a rifle bringing his total goals to 57 and total points to 99. The defense is stepping up their game and Ovie is getting help scoring from Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich, and Sergei Federov. Kolzig and Huet are making coach Bruce Boudreau make tough choices on who to put in between the posts because each goalie is making great saves every game.
With the way team is playing now, I am confident that the Caps will sail through April. Open your umbrellas Philly and Buffalo cause the Caps are about to rain in on your parade.