Washington Capitals Can Clinch Division Tonight

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

WASHINGTON - MARCH 27: The Washington Capitals mascot skates on the ice prior to the Caps game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 27, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals are targeting their second consecutive Southeast Division title and do not need much at all to achieve that feat.

The Carolina Hurricanes won their seventh in a row last night, defeating the Rangers 4-2 in Raleigh, so the Caps were unable to win the division on their night off.

But, tonight may be the night, when Washington plays host to the Buffalo Sabres at Verizon Center. Buffalo is currently 10th in the East and six points back of eighth place, so they have a lot to play for.

So do the Caps.

Washington currently leads Carolina by eight points in the division, and the max the Canes can get is 101 points, which is where Washington currently sits (47-23-7, 101 points).

Obviously, fans want a win tonight, but they do not even need to win to get the division title. All they need is one point, from an overtime/shootout defeat.

Not many teams can say they won the division after a losing effort, but that's sports.

The puck drops at 7 p.m., and if you don't have a ticket or do not plan to overspend from the scalpers, catch the action live on Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic.