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Caps Closing in on Southeast Division

Although the Caps are closing in on a second straight Division title -- any combination of three points won or lost by Carolina will clinch it - Coach Bruce Boudreau said the team's focus is beating out the suddenly struggling New Jersey Devils for the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

"We'll be watching the TV pretty closely tonight," said Boudreau, who, of course, was referring to the game between the Devils and Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It's the Devils' game in hand on the Caps, who are up one point on them in the standings.

"I think it's realistic," Boudreau added about the possibility of wrapping up the second seed. "After tonight, we'll be even in games and they'll either be one point ahead of us, even or one point behind us. It makes the last six games -- if you want that second seed -- pretty important. We like playing at home, so it would be beneficial for us to [finish] as high as we can in the standings."

As for the division, Washington can sew that up on Thursday. If the Caps beat the Islanders on Wednesday and the surging 'Canes lose to the Rangers on Thursday, it's over.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 30, 2009; 3:37 PM ET
 
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Go rags!

Posted by: uncatim | March 30, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Man, the Canes actually have a mathematical chance of stealing the division? Can you imagine that? After bouncing them from the playoffs last year? Don't fortunes look a little reversed at the moment? One slumps, the other excels?
I don't like it. I don't think the Canes can pull it off, but I still don't like it.

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

oo7:
I was thinking the same thing when I read that - wouldn't Carolina LOVE to pull that off after we ended their season last year?!? The plot thickens ...

Posted by: Boo- | March 30, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

tarik,

we play the islanders on Wednesday not tomorrow

Posted by: _stevo | March 30, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

@oo7 and Boo,

I was thinking the same thing. Although at least we've clinched a playoff spot. Remember last year the 'Canes went from the 3-seed to out of the playoffs in one day. So at least we've got the clinched spot going for us (even if I am fairly confident saying the Caps will hold on to win the division).

Posted by: sirbobalew | March 30, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Uh, who's slumping? A team which has a shot at second place in the conference is not slumping. A team which has a "Last 10" of 6-2-2 is not slumping. Again who's slumping?

Posted by: adhardwick | March 30, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I like Sidney Crosby's "hot stick".

Posted by: StanleyCup19O7 | March 30, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

...and watching the Canes beat the Devils on Saturday night I am very worried about them. Brodeur had them shutout until mid-3rd period when they scored to tie it and won it on a questionable penalty against NJ and resulting power play. Again - the refs decide the outcome!

But the Canes are playing very well and Ward is definitely in the zone. We need to win the next 2 games to make sure they don't catch us!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | March 30, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

The good thing is, the Caps aren't completely faltering like the Canes were last year. And we'll still make the playoffs at the slightest chance the Canes come back. I don't like it either but the Canes just can't hold on for an eleven game win streak to finish the season. The Caps will close it out soon

Posted by: Ov8fan11 | March 30, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Stevo,

Nice catch. That sentence was orginally written for tomorrow's newspaper, in which the Islanders game really is tomorrow. Get it? I know. It's confusing as heck for me, too.

Posted by: el_bashir | March 30, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Boo & 007,

the difference this year is if we lose the division, we will still make the playoffs. The canes lost out on everything last season.

Posted by: Leeguru | March 30, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Well hello, Guru. Oh I know that's the difference, but it is also the reason why they are probably all that much more motivated to make it happen! :-/ I remember the looks on the faces on the fans at that game ... I felt for them (but only a wee little bit).

Posted by: Boo- | March 30, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

http://flyers.nhl.com/?elq=93D60FA62E79426683ACB077D0CFAAD3....This is the flyers web site for anyone that thinks the caps may play Filthy and want to go up for the games..just wear your flak jacket and bring some MMA guys with you.

Posted by: RichC3 | March 30, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The capitals control their own destiny. Even if the Canes were to win out the rest of the year, the Capitals only need to win one more game and tie in one other to get the divison. If the Caps win just ONE game and carolina loses one, its all over. (technically, if Carolina loses one, then the Caps only need to tie)

I've been waiting for the fairy tale to come crashing down all season--that's what long-time caps fans do, right? But I just don't see the Caps blowing this. They are going to be repeat division champs.

I was watching a Red Wings game the other day--my husband is a fan--and heard they had just won their EIGHTH straight division title, and said something to the effect of "EIGHT?! God, I could never imagine winning eight straight divison titles!" My husband gave me this funny look and said, "You better get used to the idea. The Caps are going to be very elite for a very long time." Huh, apparently, everyone else (excepting Pittsburgh fans of course) thinks the Caps are just going to keep winning and winning and winning for the long foreseeable future. Amazing.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 30, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

@tarik

gotcha

Posted by: _stevo | March 30, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

We should easily be able to win the remaining 6 games. Isles, Sabers, Thrash (2), Bolts, and Kitties.

Knowing how we play against lesser teams, I hope we win 2.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 30, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

DevilsCapsGal: Who are you rooting for tonight? How could you be a fan of both teams fighting for second in the Conference?! :)

Posted by: rachel216 | March 30, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Tarik

If the Caps win Weds, and the Canes lose Thurs, we've clinched the SE. Did I miss something?

Posted by: Greg S. | March 30, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

OK...I get it. NM.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 30, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Greg S.: Yeah, you've got it right. If we win on Wednesday that would give us 101 points with 5 games to go. If Canes lose to Rangers on Thursday, they would have 91 points with 4 games to go, they wouldn't have a chance to catch us, we can start celebrating!! ;)

Posted by: rachel216 | March 30, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Oops, don't read that then, Greg S. :)

Posted by: rachel216 | March 30, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I think the team's got this one right, in focusing on the Devils and going after that second seed. After tonight it'll be a headlong sprint to the finish line for second vs. third seed, and if you think about how Pitt and Carolina are playing right now, that one seed difference could make all the difference in the world to our playoff fortunes. If we win second seed, we face the Habs, the Rangers, or the Kitties. If we win third, we face one of the Canes, the Pens, or the Flyers. I like the first scenario wayyyy better.

If we get serious about the chase for second seed, the division will take care of itself even if the Canes win everything from here to the end of the season.

So I will be glued to my TV set tonight and I will be cheering unabashedly for the Rags.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 30, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I like Sidney Crosby's "hot stick".

Posted by: StanleyCup19O7 | March 30, 2009 4:28 PM
-------------------------------------------=

This is never gonna get old for me : )


I know that the Caps can't be bounced out of the playoffs, I meant the division championship. It would be wild if they did that and then faced the Caps in the first round. Suspend your disbelief and take flight in the Hollywood moment.

That made me think of something else, something I'll miss. Do you know what there are too many of on the dance floor?

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

kittypawz, then we're in agreement. 2nd is the way to go.
Keep Pitt as far away as possible for as long as possible. If we face them, I want their hot streak to have ended and their stars to have been battered. A battered Crosby being checked by Ovechkin would be great!

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

@oo7: I know what you mean. I'd be looking to pull off an upset in their shoes, because to them that's poetic justice. Can't fault 'em for wanting it and they're going about it in the right way.

So, we're on our own to get those last three points, I think. No matter - chase that second seed, kick a** and forget to buy the bubblegum, and the rest will take care of itself.

("I'm here to kick *** and chew bubblegum ... and I'm all out of bubblegum.")

Posted by: kittypawz | March 30, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

@oo7: Battered and deep-fried by Ovi's hot stick :)

Posted by: kittypawz | March 30, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Isnt that the Piper?

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if anyone has posted this, but a couple of Bears are in the awards discussion for this season.
The short version:
Osala & Alzner are both candidates for the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award (Calder) O is 3rd in goals, Alzner first in +/-.
Alzner is also up for the Eddie Shore Award, (Norris), which has never been won by a rookie before, along with Lepisto. Both are tied for 3rd in +/-.
Varly is a possible for the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Award (Vezina).
The All-Rookie team will be announced on Wednesday and I think we can expect at least a Bear or two (or more!) on that line-up. 1st & 2nd All-Star Teams on Thursday.
All of the ballots for the awards were due today, so the next week or so should be the latest we know winners.
The whole article is here: http://www.theahl.com/news/league/index.html?article_id=9779

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

And yes, I'm aware that my last comment could really be taken in all the wrong ways and is just, in general, really really bad.

@jmu_capsgirl: Awesome. Thanks for sharing that.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 30, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

More interesting factoids from the interwebs:
The Caps have the fourth worst PP-PK differential, behind Philly (surprise, surprise), the Ducks (*cough*), and the Lightning. Doesn't really surprise me considering all the hooking and tripping calls we "earn".
Full data here: http://nhl.fanhouse.com/2009/03/29/which-team-do-nhl-officials-favor/

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Of course, having not read all the entries yet, the Caps are already in the playoffs so even IF the Canes were to run them down, it wouldn't be the same as last season. Six games to go and two wins does it. I'm not counting on the Canes to stumble so I'll take the two wins and be done with it. I happen to think that eight points from the last six will get the #2 seed. We'll see.

Go Caps.

Posted by: saintex | March 30, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

It's so boring when there is no Caps hockey!!! :`(

Posted by: rachel216 | March 30, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

point blank,the caps are in the playoffs,there gonna win there division and then the stanley cup is for their taken.everything else doesnt matter.LETS GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: gratefuldid | March 30, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216:

"DevilsCapsGal: Who are you rooting for tonight? How could you be a fan of both teams fighting for second in the Conference?! :) "

It's tough - for the past number of years the Caps have really never been rivals of the Devils for anything. Caps were routinely out of the playoff hunt, while the Devils were routinely in it. So it was great to have a team to cheer in the postseason and I have gotten to know and like a number of the players and managment of the Devils.

This year has been the first one that has caused me all kinds of angst; I just want both the Caps and the Devils to win their divisions and I will not be too concerned who gets #2 and who gets #3. If/when they play each other in the ECF I'll probably crawl under a rock for a few weeks!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | March 30, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

DevilsCapsGal: If the Caps and the Devils were to both make it that far and played against each other in the Eastern Conference Finals, I would feel so bad for you, but question is, which team do you love more? :) But I guess you can think of it this way: If they were to play each other in the ECF, you would at least be happy cause one would get through, I hope that would be the Caps.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 30, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey everybody, today is Leeguru's birthday!

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you. Happy BIRTHday dear Guru, happy birthday to you!!

(I think he is celebrating the anniversary of his 35th birthday ... )

Cheers, Lee!

Posted by: Boo- | March 30, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

rachel216:

That's hard to say - my husband would definitely say he's for the Devils. But having lived through the Cup run and disappointment in 1998 with the Caps I have to say that I'd love to see the Caps play in the Cup finals and hopefully win the first of many Cups. I just think it would be so wonderful for the region and for the fanbase that my heart would want the Caps to win. And as a long (suffering) STH it would be incredible to be present and a part of that run.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | March 30, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

DevilsCapsGal: Get rid of the Devils and become a 100% Caps fan!! ;]

Posted by: rachel216 | March 30, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Of course they mathematically still have a chance...if they didn't we would already be crowned division champs, no? 8 point lead with a game in hand...where is this worry coming from? 3 points won by us or lost by them any combination. They will not catch us...I'm more worried about Rags holding the Devils down tonight to give us a shot at the #2 seed.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 30, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Simply put, Carolina would have to go 5-0 and us 1-5 or worse for them to win the division. I suppose 4-1 and 0-6 works too. That's NOT how it went last year we were much closer and actually got to play them a few times towards the end to make up the gap.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 30, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Right now if the season ended - the Caps would get to watch as the Canes, Pens, Devils, and Flyers would all play each other in the first round. This is what is important. Even if the Caps get 2nd place it is not ideal if the Pens or Canes or Flyers would fall down to 7.
Always pull for the Flyers, Canes and Pens until the season ends - let them have the middle spots. Teams rarely win Stanley Cups if they have to play all the teams they traditionally struggle with in consecutive series. Let them beat each other! On that note - gotta like that the winner of the possible Boston vs Montreal series will probably be fresher than all those teams. Neither Montreal or Boston look invincible right now.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 30, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Yes,

Go Rangers! This feels weird to root for a NY team. But then again, NJ is close to NY.

Maybe Chris Drury can have a really good day for the Rangers tonight. He's an alum of my elder daughter's college so I have someone I can root for -- for tonight.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 30, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

So not only will the Caps lose all 6 of their remaining games against crappy opponents, but the Canes will also win all their remaining games against some good teams? Please. You people are embarrassing. There is no plot. The division was wrapped up in December.

Posted by: Saballs | March 30, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Poor Green!

This is the second bug he's gotten this month. He was sick against Atlanta (no wonder we did so poorly) and now sick again.

There must be multiple respiratory bugs going around in the Caps locker room these days. I recall Fedorov had missed 3 games with his "flu". And Semin was sick from Sunday since at least Friday. (I bet he caught what ever was ailing Fedorov.)

While the guys may not have had inflenza (and likely didn't), they've certainly been ill. This year was bad on the bug front for my younger daughter in HS. One bug in Oct that knocked her out for a weekend and 3 days and another in Januay that knocked her out for 7 days. Don't know if either was influenza.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 30, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

@ Saballs

Love your sarcasm. Yes, it's deserved.

As bad as the Caps sometimes look against crappy opponents, I think it's unlikely that they will lose all 6 of their remaining games and Carolina winning all theirs. My own take -- think the Caps will probably win 4 more and the Canes win 5 more.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 30, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

At the risk of drawing scorn, I'm reminded by DevilsCapsGal how it is I became a Caps fan. I grew up in Pittsburgh, but been here 25 years and started to go to the Cap Center to see the Pens play the Caps (dodge flying bottles now...). I then became a full-fledged fan of the Caps and am a 10 year season ticket holder. Sometime in the 90's I got utterly sick of watching the Pens beat the Caps in the playoffs I abandoned the Pens altogether -- I despise them as much as anyone here now. So DevilsCapsGal, just give it time.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 30, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Sonyask:
I was born in Pittsburgh, so I've got your back ... ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | March 30, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Get awwwt!

Posted by: Sonyask | March 30, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

BTW, That's idiomatic for "get out" for yuns who don't speak pittsburghese

Posted by: Sonyask | March 30, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Simply put, Carolina would have to go 5-0 and us 1-5 or worse for them to win the division. I suppose 4-1 and 0-6 works too. That's NOT how it went last year we were much closer and actually got to play them a few times towards the end to make up the gap.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 30, 2009 6:37 PM |

and lets not forget a top 8 spot is already clinched.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 30, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I, too, am a native of the Steel City. Since I feel dirty from rooting for the dog Avery, I would love a dog from the Oakland's Dirty O!

Posted by: uncatim | March 30, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Boy, we're coming out like roaches! Thanks for the support Boo.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 30, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Sonyask:
I will not! (Fortunately I did not grow up there so I never picked up that accent, but I did grow up in the great white American north, so I had that accent, most of which I have shaken over the years ... come to think of it, I don't know which is worse?!? ;-))

Tim:
I always knew I liked you ... :-)

Posted by: Boo- | March 30, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

No, the roaches are in the kitchen at the Dirty O!

Posted by: uncatim | March 30, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Gotta get back to the Dirty O. Right you are.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 30, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Being a (former) resident of Pittsburgh is not something to flaunt. :)

I remember taking those Caps buses to the Mellon Arena when I was a kid to watch the Caps lose...again..and again..

Posted by: richmondphil | March 30, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Phil -- Probably was the Civic Arena then. Ah, growing up, saw a lot of music there, Traffic, Steve Stills, Humble Pie (opened by Grin, who outshone the headliner)... Rotten venue compared to so many better ones in Pgh: Syria Mosque, Stanley Theater, Carnegie Library, Soldiers & Sailors Mem. Hall...

i digress!

Posted by: Sonyask | March 30, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it the same place though? Just different naming rights.

I remember that ugly looking Igloo jetting out.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 30, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely, you're right, that's the same place, different name.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 30, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Devils got worked that period.

Marty doing his thing.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 30, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Saw the Jaggerz at Kennywood & Tim Buckley at some bar in Shadyside. Some of my earliest memories are the Igloo & Forbes Field with my Dad.

Posted by: uncatim | March 30, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Yes 1-0 Rangers

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 30, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Gomez!

Posted by: uncatim | March 30, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dubinsky. :)

Posted by: rachel216 | March 30, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Wooooooooooo 2-0

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 30, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

giraldi! keep it up rangers!

Posted by: rachel216 | March 30, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

4 on 3 let's go 3-0 come on Rangers!

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 30, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

girardi*

Posted by: rachel216 | March 30, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Come on Rangers, hang on to this we'll control our own destiny for the #2 seed.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 30, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

SWEET 3-0

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 30, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Callahan

Posted by: rachel216 | March 30, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

New Jersey is totally heading in the wrong direction... all of a sudden Marty isn't lookin' that great... sucks for them!Awesome for us! :) Thanks Rangers, barring a Devils comeback.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 30, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil:
We're not flaunting, just embracing! :-)

Just got home - diggin' the score. How do both teams look? Are the Rangers playing that well or the Devils playing that bad?

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Tim -- pretty cool. Early memories for me too at forbes...

Go Rags!

Posted by: Sonyask | March 30, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

10 min left and looks like Rangers are going to beat Devils.

Posted by: Hazz | March 30, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Clarkson throwing Sean Avery around like a ragdoll. Avery wanted nothing. Devils are getting frustrated..

Posted by: rachel216 | March 30, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

What the heck was that?!? Was Avery trying to draw an instigator or game misconduct? (Sounds like he succeeded.) He dropped a glove like he wanted to fight, but then just stood there. He's such a punk.

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The Devils seem to be on a slump now. If we beat the Islanders Thurs., we've got it made. Even if the Canes were to win all five remaining games, all we would have to do is win two out of 6 to beat them.

Posted by: caraveli | March 30, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Honestly...he was being hugged so he could never even drop the other one...kinda cheating not to even let the other guy drop the gloves. But it is Sean Avery so chaos by design works well for him. Still 3-0 Rangers looking pretty good.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 30, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I know everyone is rooting for the Rags to win tonight, but if the standings stay as they are, the 1st round will be the Caps and the Rangers.

King >>>Jose.
scary

Avery will still be a punk.

Posted by: akus2 | March 30, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

i'm not afraid of the rags or lundquist one bit.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 30, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, Leeguru!

So, I've a confession to make. Two, actually. The first: I heart Sean Avery. Not sure I'd want him in a Caps jersey, but he makes the Rangers less of an apathetic team for me. He makes me laugh in the same way the super obnoxious class clown does. You laugh with him because its sometimes funny, but mostly, you're just laughing at him. I get a kick out of him. I'll go see PuckFace when it comes out. *hangs head in shame*
The second: I was a Pens fan as a very young child. However, I'd like to think I grew up and matured, unlike their captain. Zing! *starts her rosary* Alright, I'm done with the Crosby jokes for good. That was my last one. They're getting too easy and too boring.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

akus2:
At least Avery couldn't do that dance in front of Jose (or Varly) that he did in front of Marty last season. Besides, we would have the pleasure of watching Torts go ape on a regular basis ... now that would be fun! :-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

That was some rough hockey. Avery is such a little pest.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 30, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

JMU:
Please don't tell me that you have a closet crush on Briere and Pronger, too?

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

No games in hand

Posted by: Sonyask | March 30, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Red Line Monday's headed for the tank after such an auspicious start. They're showing old jumbotron videos now. They've got "Bradley's" Saturn on as the 'Bling' feature.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Avery will never change, he likes the limelight and he gets it.

Should be an interesting series if its the Caps and Rangers.

I still think goaltending will be the killer.

Posted by: akus2 | March 30, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Boo, Oh gawd no! *shudders*

Hmmm, its looking up. Brooks is on "Who I Am". Tarik's right, he does talk fast. I thought I was bad.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watching Redline Monday? DId you guys see "Matt Bradley's car?" What the heck was that all about?

Posted by: rachel216 | March 30, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, well, the Devils are finally choking!
Avery is such a little psycho. I'm sorry, but, i hate him as much as I like him.
Just decided not to fight Clarkson, huh? Sudden pacifism? Just felt tall enough to enjoy the ride? I dunno, but Avery is made for NY.

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

rachel216, Its a joke. I think it belongs to one of the guys who works in sales.

Okay, now Brooks is going to make me wretch. He has such a complete and utter mancrush on all his teammates. Its adorable in a really "gag me" sort of way.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

JMU:
Good ... there's hope for you yet! ;-)

Rachel:
If it is the one the showed at the VC, it was a joke.

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of man crushes, I do believe oo7 has a man crush on Avery ...

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I dont fear NY and I think they would be fun to face 1st.

Oh, and no one was saying that Carolina was going to win the division. Just a flight of fancy.

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Man crush? nah, not my type. Talks to much. Only one of us can be doing that at a time.

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

oo7:
HA! Guess we'll have the hook you up with King for your bromance.

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

WooT! Go RANGERS! And now the Devils have no games in hand, and we're ahead. :-) This makes me very happy!

Avery is a pest, but he sure drew the penalty on that ragdoll treatment he got from Clarkson. I'm of two minds on who is the greater punk on that one, though... Clarkson's very fortunate he didn't seem to damage Avery, or he'd be in for a fine for that mugging! And at that phase of the game a 10-minute misconduct sends him back to the locker room.

So he got to use up the hot water before his teammates got back there...! ;-) There's something to be said for that...

Re: Green - Oh, MAN, that sucks. I'm sorry he's feeling poorly, and I hope it's not something that will last very long. They need to sit the guys down who are sick, bring up guys from Hershey - it'd be an emergency callup, I'd think... this close to the end of the season, we can't afford any of this to go long-term. Especially with Green, Semin, and Fedorov... :-(

Posted by: irockthered | March 30, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Lundquivst hasn't done much against us this year. I do not fear the Rangers one bit at all. We'll see how they do down the stretch. Honestly the seeding 2-8 is all in play will switch half a dozen times before it's all set to go for the playoffs.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 30, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of man crushes and bromances (and man dates and ...), has anyone seen that movie? I'm curious if it is funny or stupid. Any film critics in our midst? (Hey, it's a light hockey week - we need something to keep us occupied.)

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Boo, Shea Weber thought it was "hilarious", if that helps.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

what movie,boo?

I just saw Ward's save on Parise, #5 on hockey central. jeeezus. nice.

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

JMU:
Man you are in the know! I can't decide from the commercials what I think. But Rotten Tomatoes likes it. Hmm ...

(BTW oo7, you know I was just kidding, right? :-))

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

oo7, "I Love You Man"

Brady Boudreau makes me want a little brother.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Boo, He calls me after he sees a new movie to tell me if its worth watching. It works out since he's got a lot more money than I do to blow on crappy movies. :-D

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

oo7:
I Love You, Man (that's the title of the movie - I'm not getting fresh ... but I've always thought that you were a very nice person! ;-)).

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I love you too, jmu.
I must have said something funny and not noticed.

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

JMU:
I always figured that you and Shea were tight. How does he feel about you being a Caps fan?

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

ahh... I haven't heard of it. Coming out soon? I'm really just watching netflix, hockey, flight of the conchords and east bound and down.

Heh

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

kidding about the man crush, Boo? I hope so!
I'd be crushed if my posts led you to think " yup, definitely gay."

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Boo, He's disappointed, but he understands. I think he's actually more hurt about Matt Bradley being my favorite player. I keep telling him if he'd just sign with DC, I might be persuadable. He just grumbles something about Mike Green and changes the topic.

(I completely called that they were going to interview Brooks on CSN)

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I went to see "I Love You Man" with my wife and some friends -- my wife has a Paul Rudd crush. Anyway, it was funny at times but totally worth waiting for the DVD.

Posted by: jhamond1 | March 30, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

at this time of the year, why is VS sowing Dallas and Phoenix, two teams golf course bound?

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

oo7:
But man crushes are not gay (not that there's anything wrong with that). It's just having a great deal of respect and admiration for another guy. But I was just kidding (and your response did make me laugh! :-)) BTW, funny we were making similar jokes about the movie title at the same time; great minds ...

JMU:
Don't let it bother you; he's always been a bit of a grump. He'll come around and accept the situation for what it is. After all, it's Brads - how could he argue with that?

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

jhamond1:
So two thumbs down or ... ???

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

ooh that movie! I didn't know what it was called. I love those guys! Sarah Marshall had it's moments. I'll take a decent comedy any day. I'm sick of the overhyped junk or flawed waste of money. After all that hype, metacritc gave Watchmen a 56!

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

metacritic? Is that like Rotten Tomatoes?

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

by the way, I don't know too much about it, but Gretzky doesn't seem to be a very god coach.

Things not going well for Hockey in Arizona? You don't say? Sure, Vegas sounds like a great idea. Why not.

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Boo, *sigh* It just hurts, you know? Some days he seems like he's okay with it and everything's great, but other days, he's just so darn passive-aggressive about it!
lol! Okay, that was fun. Moving on!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

yes, go, but better. Check it out and see what you think. It's all just gathered opinions. But I like the sites ease of use. Tomato was a little unwieldly, I found.

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

"go" was meant to be "boo". stupid iPod.

Posted by: oo7 | March 30, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

jmu:
lol!!! you were TOTALLY cracking me up!! :-D You're so silly. Suffice it to say, I will never look at him the same again. ;-)

oo7:
True, his coaching career has not paralleled his on-ice career, but I have not followed the west closely enough to speak to it. I don't know what the issue is, but surely it makes him bonkers (kinda like Olie's career the past couple of years - not really what he expected it would be ... :-/).

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

oo7:
Just checked it out - looks pretty cool, and seems to cover more stuff. Thanks for that!

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 30, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Opponents I'd prefer for the Capitals to face in the first round:

1. Panthers (OK, not too likely)
2. Penguins (this would get the Caps fired up)
3. Rangers
4. Canadiens
5. Hurricanes
6. Flyers

Posted by: Cerealman | March 30, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't really fear the Rangers or Lundqvist, as good as Lundqvist is. The Rangers defense doesn't fare well against the speed of the Caps' scoring lines, and they leave the King out to dry too often.

The only thing is that such a contest would be fought at ES; the Rangers have a top-notch penalty kill and we can't depend on scoring from the PP.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 30, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Ceralman, I'd go with
1. Habs
2. Fla
3. Rangers
4. Pens
5. Canes
6. Flyers

Habs and Cats will fold with a little pressure, Rangers live and die by Hank, and then it'd get interesting.

Posted by: Steve_R | March 30, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

@oo7 - Yeah; I don't like the Canes having a mathematical chance of winning the division, either... They face:

* Rangers (won 1)
* Penguins (won 2)
* Islanders (lost 1)
* Sabres (won 3)
* Devils (lost 5)

and have to go 3-0-2 or 4-0-1 to get 99 points and tie us; they have to go 5-0-0 to get 101, and that's the best they can do... I'll definitely be happier if they lose their next one and we win ours. That'll put it away for us, then we can cruise (though I'd naturally prefer it if we didn't!) Considering what we pulled off last season,

Truthfully, I'm a little nervous about the last half-dozen games... It's not that we could be removed from the playoffs at all, because obviously we can't, but because we could still come in 2nd in the Southeast, and that I definitely don't want.

The first 3 seeds for the playoffs, if I understand this correctly (and looking at the Western Conference, I believe I do), are the three Division leaders. If we drop behind Carolina, that would put us fourth seed automatically, no matter where we stood with regards to the Devils.

Right now, the fourth seed would play the Flyers (since points-wise, they would drop to 5th seed behind us), and that, I want NO part of in the first round. Or the playoffs at all, for that matter!

Let's hope the boys can wrap up the division quickly, so that I can relax a little!

Posted by: irockthered | March 30, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Boo, haha! I'm glad I could alter your perception of a random NHL player. Shall we talk about anyone else? How bout the time Corey Perry wanted me to go to Home Depot to help him pick out a mailbox?* Why he needed help, I quickly found out. He lives in an apartment!* Silly Duck! Or when I had to call Zdeno Chara to help me get down a box from the overhead cabinets?* My personal favorite though, was tailgating at an OSU football game with Rick Nash.* Did you know he's afraid of frogs?* However, he is money at both corn hole & beer pong.* Does a pretty good Barry Manilow impersonation too.*

*Disclaimer to those not "in-the-know": I made all this crap up.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling that the Devils loss tonight could be enough motivation for the Caps to really crank it up these last half dozen games in hopes to keep 2nd!

The teams that we may lack motivation against (due to their standings) Caps could easily put Varlamov in to really help pump up the Caps a bit.


Wednesday cannot come soon enough!
Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | March 30, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Something else to chew on thinking of playoff opponents. If we do get the 2nd seed and the Pens get the 6th seed, there is not a scenario that could happen for us to play each other in the 2nd round so we could only see them in the Conference Finals. I can't think of a better opponent to beat in order to go to the finals. My DREAM playoff run would be to beat the Rangers in round 1, then Philly in round 2, Pens in the conf finals and Detroit in the Finals. It'd almost be our "revenge tour"!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 30, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

@irockthered: That is correct. The division leaders in each conference are automatically seeded 1/2/3 according to standings points, and then seeds 4-8 are done by standings points within the conference.

Mathematically, the Canes can indeed win the division, and like you, I will be happier when the division is put away. That's a bad place to stop, though. We seriously want the second seed rather than the third; that makes it far less likely that we will face one of the surging teams (Pens or Canes) and are more likely to get the Rags or the Habs, a much nicer proposition.

With the Devils loss tonight, we're even on games with them and one point up in the standings. It's now a headlong sprint to the finish line for both teams, and seeding will be determined by which team is more with the program.

The magic number is 3 - three points gained by us or lost by Carolina or any combination thereof ties up the division. We cannot count on Carolina to drop any more games - there isn't a hotter team in the league right now. So, we're on our own. No worries - as long as the Caps focus their attention on solidifying the second seed, the division will be settled in pretty short order.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 30, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the race for 4-5-6-7 in the conference is VERY interesting...

We have:

* PHI - 92 (max poss. 106, 7 to go)
* CAR - 91 (max poss. 101, 5 to go)
* PIT - 90 (max poss. 102, 6 to go)
* NYR - 89 (max poss. 99, 5 to go)

and it's still very much up in the air who'll get what slot... Someone check my math, please?

* If Philadelphia gets 11 points, Pittsburgh can't catch them. 10, and Carolina can't. 8 to stop the Rangers from catching them.

* Carolina can't prevent Pittsburgh from catching them yet. If they get 9, the Rangers can't catch them.

* If Pittsburgh gets 10 points, the Rangers can't catch them.

As far as that 8th seed goes...

* Montreal - 86 (max poss. 100, 7 to go)
* Florida - 85 (max poss. 97, 6 to go)

Interestingly enough, it is still *technically* possible for the Canadiens to pull out enough points in their last 7 games to catch us. They *could* have a 100-point season. (It's in their hands, though; if they lose to Chicago, that's it for their chances of catching us, before we even play again.)

The best the Panthers can do is 97, so the Canadiens need 8 to make it impossible for the Panthers to catch them.

It's going to be a very interesting end of the season, and I'll be watching things very closely... Thank the gods for Center Ice!!!

Posted by: irockthered | March 30, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

It's irrelevant if Montreal caught us, because Boston already won their division. Even if we lost the rest of our games and they won all of theirs...as long as Carolina dropped 3 points out of their last 5 games we'd finish in the top 3 ahead of Montreal regardless of their point total. At this point there is really only 2 teams to watch as far as our own seeding goes, Carolina and New Jersey.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 30, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the Western conference...

* Sharks - 109 (max poss. 123, 7 to go)
* Red Wings - 107 (max poss. 119, 6 to go)

They're gonna be 1-2, in some combination.

3 is between Calgary and Vancouver, and they are:

* Calgary - 92 (max poss. 106, 7 to go)
* Vancouver - 91 (max poss. 105, 7 to go)

4th seed will likely be Chicago:

* Chicago - 91 (max poss. 107, 8 to go)

The rest?

* Columbus - 86 (max poss. 98, 6 to go)
* Nashville - 84 (max poss. 96, 6 to go)
* St. Louis - 83 (max poss. 95, 6 to go)
=========================================
* Anaheim - 82 (max poss. 94, 6 to go)
* Edmonton - 81 (max poss. 93, 6 to go)
* Minnesota - 80 (max poss. 92, 6 to go)

So it's a tighter race in the Western Conference than it is in the East to even make the playoffs. Woof!

This is gonna be one crazy end of the year!

Posted by: irockthered | March 30, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

@Davethecapsfan - I KNOW THAT!!!

But I don't *WANT* "3rd seed by default."

I want us to have the 3rd seed because we have that many points.

That's my point.

Posted by: irockthered | March 30, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Dave, Philly could challenge the Devils, so they're worth watching. They're only 6 points back with a game in hand on the Devils.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

San Jose 2, Calgary 1 (final)

Posted by: irockthered | March 30, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Phoenix 6, Dallas 5 (OT)

Posted by: irockthered | March 31, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

IRTR:
too.many.numbers.must.stop..hurting.my.brain.
i hope there aren't any games in hawaii tonight - you'll never get any sleep.
caps will go 4-1-1, NJ 3-3. we'll face fla or the rags. 1st round win - 2nd round will be a toss up - no matter who they play.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 31, 2009 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Here's to hoping Gordon stays out of the lineup long enough for Boudreau to like someone else in there instead of him (Osala) and here's to hoping Schultz comes back into the lineup with a lot more hunger. As much as I am not a fan of that guy he is a much better option than is Pothier when he's motivated.

Here's a little story about Hershey Bear Kip Brennan after his reassignment to the Stingrays. He talks about maybe taking over for Brash next season. Sounds like he's had a conversation or two with the Caps that may lead him to believe he's the heir apparent.

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2009/mar/29/brennan_on76860/

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 31, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

cstanton1:
he can fight and score. if the nhl changes the fighting penalties - then the caps could sign him and put him on a like with OV or semin - then he could beat the crap out of anybody that touches them - no 'staged' fighting there.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 31, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Maybe I mix my hockey and my pop culture too much, but it will take a while before I'll be able to think of Brennan apart from his guest stint as a temptation challenge on Celebrity Rehab. If Brash doesn't return and Brennan gets his spot, he's going to have to work hard to regain a serious reputation from me.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 31, 2009 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Brennan can score? thats news to me.


He's a bigger ass that upshall and his been a career AHL'r.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 31, 2009 2:05 AM | Report abuse

6 points back with a game in hand on New Jersey doesn't worry me. I'd expect we'd have to go 4-2 to be safe to secure the 2 seed from NJ...maybe even 5-1. If we're going to beat out NJ there are very few scenarios that would have Philly overtake both them and us. This isn't going to be like last year, the 3 division winners will have the top 3 point totals in the East. Hopefully we can put Carolina in our rearview as early as Thursday night, so we can concentrate on the race to the finish with New Jersey for home ice for the first 2 rounds.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 31, 2009 3:16 AM | Report abuse

Was bored before bed, and stumbled across this gem again:

http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=17&id=34878

My favorite is that slapper he took on "The King."

Get well soon Greenie.

Posted by: Raber | March 31, 2009 4:22 AM | Report abuse

Something else to chew on thinking of playoff opponents. If we do get the 2nd seed and the Pens get the 6th seed, there is not a scenario that could happen for us to play each other in the 2nd round so we could only see them in the Conference Finals. I can't think of a better opponent to beat in order to go to the finals. My DREAM playoff run would be to beat the Rangers in round 1, then Philly in round 2, Pens in the conf finals and Detroit in the Finals. It'd almost be our "revenge tour"!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 30, 2009 11:10 PM


@ pokerface1208: I like the Revenge Tour idea...but I'm still not conviced that that PIT playoff monkey is off our backs yet. My favorite scenario would be NYR or MTL first round; let PHI & PIT beat each other bloody in a 7-game seies so that the winner has nothing left in the tank for us in the 2nd round; BOS in the Conference Final and DET for the Cup...yes, revenge...

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 31, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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