What Washington Capitals Must Do to Hit Their Stride Going into the Playoffs

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What Washington Capitals Must Do to Hit Their Stride Going into the Playoffs
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With a 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals officially locked up the franchise's fifth Southeast Division title in six years, and more importantly, ensured that they'll be appearing in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

It wasn't easy, as the Capitals needed to overcome a dreadful 2-9-1 start to the season, but in the end, Adam Oates' squad dug itself out of the hole by being arguably the league's most dominant team during the final six weeks of the regular season.

Now, Oates and his coaching staff will turn their collective attention toward scoreboards across the Eastern Conference, as the Caps wait to see what team they'll be taking on in Round 1.

Heading into the postseason, regardless of opponent, here is a look a what the Caps need to do in preparation for what hopes to be a lengthy playoff run.

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