Washington Capitals Begin Critical Road Stretch

Nikki DompkeCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2008

The Washington Capitals face six straight games on the road, knowing how important each point is at this stage of the regular season.

They have won the last three, but now they face the most vital road stretch in five years.

The Caps face the Nashville Predators tonight for what Caps head coach, Bruce Boudreau believes is going to be exciting hockey.

"Both teams are pretty well in the same spot, two points out of the playoffs and looking to get in," Boudreau commented.

Boudreau wants to take it one game at a time, but says that he knows that his team has to keep winning.

Taking one game at a time is a good strategy, but let's not completely forget about the big picture. The Caps are two points behind the eight place team in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Flyers and still trail the Hurricanes by five points.

Although the Caps are only two points behind the last playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, they are still one point behind Buffalo and are tied with the Florida Panthers with 78 points.

In the last ten games the Washington have a record of 7-3, and the Predators have a record of 4-6. The Caps and Preds have not faced one another since December of 2005 when the Predators won 5-2.

So we must keep in mind that the Capitals' chance of getting into the playoffs not only depends on their performance in their last nine games of the regular season, but also on every other team's last games of the season.

The only thing in the Capitals hands is the way they are going to play. They have to play the best they can collecting as many points as they can and hope that it is enough to secure their spot in the top eight teams of the Eastern Conference.