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No Practice For Caps

The Caps are off today, and after spending 10 of the last 13 days on the road, so am I. The team will practice tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at KCI, so check back in the morning for an update.

In the meantime, don't forget to keep an eye on today's Eastern Conference games: Boston at Buffalo and NYR at Pittsburgh. Both have huge playoff implications.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 30, 2008; 10:55 AM ET
 
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from last thread, I think Ottawa is the ticket to the P's

They are at 92 points but play
Montreal Toronto Boston
If they loose two and we win out we're both at 94 and we win the tiebreaker I think.

Posted by: billd | March 30, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

good thought there billd, although i think there are alot of possibilities open if the caps can keep this amazing run going. enjoy the well-deserved day off tarik, and let's root for the sabres and penguins today.

Posted by: bruce | March 30, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Greg:
You sound like a busy bee!! Could you do a weekend package? How often do you currently go to games? Hope to see you there next week!

Posted by: Boo! | March 30, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@bruce

I'm not sure... It's going to be a miracle if we can catch the Rangers (they play NYI twice). On the other hand if they beat the Pens then the Pens will be motivated to beat Philly.

Posted by: mauree | March 30, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

@Boo!

Haven't been to a game this year and won't likely be to one this year.

My weekends are "honey do's" and catch up on email, prospecting, accounting, building the content for the web page and evaluating systems (a carryover from the week). Oh, and shredding 3 yrs of tax info so the IRS doesn't get 'em (today's task).

I multitask during the games. Spend time with my mother in law, watch the game and do reports.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 30, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

From last thread:

@Dave UK Caps Fan

This is when I step in and scream:

FORZA ROMA!!!

Look on youtube for:

La curva più bella d'italia


Posted by: mauree | March 30, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I swear to God the Sabres better help us out. This is Bostons game at hand today.

Posted by: cupcrzy | March 30, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Come on Buff, don't play dead, kick some bear a@@!

Posted by: Steve R | March 30, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

With one point separating PIT and MTL, I think the Penguins will have plenty to play for against those disgraceful Flyers.

Plus, don't we want our Capitals to beat the Penguins in the first round?

Though, Huet might prefer to face Montreal instead ...

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | March 30, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Rangers!!! Keep it up!

Posted by: Greg S. | March 30, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I can't remember the last time a playoff race came down to the wire like this. There's always one team that gets left out, but this year with only 3 games left, Caps, Filly, Boston, Ottawa, Rangers, Canes and even Jersey haven't locked up their spots. 7 teams within 5 points of each other, 6 teams within 4 points. Amazing.

Posted by: Rob | March 30, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Is anybody watching the game? It's a good game, lots of hitting and skills.

Pens just scored. I know it's controversial but I still like Rock'n'Roll Part II the Hey song :D

Posted by: mauree | March 30, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

mauree:
I am watching - the debate about the Caps between periods warrants this ...

DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' TAKE II - ODE TO THE CAPS

Just a small town girl
Livin' in another world
She had to catch the game
On the radio
Just a city man
He has always been a fan
He took the Metrorail
Goin' to the game

A winger in a locker room
Thinkin' bout the other team's goon
Make a wrong move and they'll share a fight
It goes on and on and on

Caps fans, cheering
Up and down the dasher boards
Their always searching
For the light
Slap shot, five hole
Livin' just to make the playoffs
They're in, the fight of their lives

Workin' hard to get their fill
All the fans want a thrill
Doin' anything to hoist the Cup
For the first time
We will win
They will lose
They were born to sing the blues
Oh, the season never ends
It goes on and on and on

Caps fans, cheering
Up and down the dasher boards
Their always searching
For the light
Slap shot, five hole
Livin' just to make the playoffs
They're in, the fight of their lives

Don't stop believin'
Hold on to the feelin'
Slap shot, five hole
Don't stop believin'
Hold on
Slap shot, five hole
Don't stop believin'
Hold on to the feelin'
Slap shot, five hole
Don't stop

Posted by: Boo! | March 30, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Footbhol, I was in Munich a few years back and saw an FC Bayern Munchen match against FC Nurnberg. A British colleague agreed the rabidity of the Bundesliga fans equaled any Premier League game. Ok, it's European Soccer but I kept thinking and hoping one day we could have this kind of support for our Caps. Let's see Tues.

Great Win Boys!!!

Also, I do not like hoping for outside help when it comes to our preseason, but is Carolina flying or busing it to DC on Tues.? If it's wheels, maybe it'll catch fire like the Portland Pirates bus yesterday, he he.

All were ok and made the game against Providence.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 30, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

This just in: Mike Milbury is a clueless blowhard.

Posted by: Jill | March 30, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Jill:

Yes - I would like to pummel him with his own loafer ...

(Oh, I forgot - I'm a lover, not a fighter ... but he deserves it!! ;-)).

Posted by: Boo! | March 30, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Then use pillows, Boo!

Posted by: Greg S. | March 30, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

So, are we listening to the game on the radio? Or on TV? I'd like to hear it while doing something else (2 hrs shredding - ugh!) but can't find it on the net...

Posted by: Greg S. | March 30, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

The game is on NBC, so if you have a TV you should be able to tune in.

Posted by: Jill | March 30, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

From Previous thread.....It is earily like 1981 as I said. UP an coming caps, fire coach after slow start, play great down the stretch and fall one point short, let us hope history does not repeat it self.

Posted by: Rich C | March 30, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Nice one Boo! :)

@Greg

I'm watching it - pretty entertaining.

Posted by: mauree | March 30, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Rich:
With all due respect, (fingers in my ears) LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!!!!!!

Posted by: Boo! | March 30, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Rich,
Did Bryan Murray then take over? I recall Langway winning the Norris a few times in the early 80s and if my memory serves me, Murray won the Jack Adams once during that timeframe as well. We can only hope.

Who was replaced as coach? Just being lazy I guess.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 30, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

@boo....my hands are over my eyes

Posted by: Rich | March 30, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Yep...Bryan Murray replaced the wonder Kid Gary Green if memory serves, but on the bright side as someone pointed out, 14 straight years of playoffs.

Posted by: Rich | March 30, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

One last point, Maybe it was Bryan Murray's fault and it will follow him to Ottawa this time....

Posted by: Rich C | March 30, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Rich:
LOL!!! I wonder after I typed that if I should have put my fingers 'in' my eyes instead of my ears!! ;-) I was not a Caps fan in 81 - actually started following the Caps shortly thereafter, so I don't remember that ... and at the moment, I would not want to remember it if I could.

So is Malkin getting stitched up? And what's up with all of Syd's cross checks?!? Man, that was a crazy minute of hockey!! (Not to mention an untimely plug for Gillette.)

Posted by: Boo! | March 30, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Rich:
NOW you have my attention ... ;-) Given the start of the season, I still think it would be an amazing story if we made it and the Sens didn't ...

Posted by: Boo! | March 30, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Hold on...
Half Slap shot, five hole

I can't re-emphasize how important half slapper is for Caps. It's very difficult to execute, believe me. I tried to teach Fedorov, but he's old dog, you know, he said something about new tricks he learned in Red Army boot camp when I was 5 y.o., but I didn't get it. Anyhow only Kolzig showed interest to my half slap shot clinic, but, you know, it's the same thing as with Fedorov, no new tricks for Olie. Then Semin showed up and screwed up everything, he tried to combine drag and drop with half slappper, but you can't do that, you just can't.

Posted by: Papa Schultz | March 30, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

NY slapshot blog:

Congratulations to the Washington Capitals, whose victory over Florida tonight has put them above .500 for the first time since their record was 3-2 on Oct. 18. The Caps' victory gives them 40 wins this season (29 in regulation, 11 in overtime or via shootout) against 39 losses (31 in regulation, 8 in OT/SO).

The last time we talked about Washington's record, when the Capitals had lost more than they'd won and hadn't yet picked up Cristobal Huet to vastly improve their goaltending, Caps owner Ted Leonsis devoted an entry in his Ted's Take blog to correcting our "error." Hard to tell if he was being disingenuous or if he really believed his team was over .500 (the Caps' spin-doctored N.H.L. record at the time was 28-26-6, which of course was really 28-32), but big props to Leonsis for speaking directly to the fans and for enabling them to talk directly to him.

In any case, Washington are now the second Southeast team to go above .500, so no one can make fun of that division anymore.

Go, Caps!

Posted by: Yo | March 30, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The Capitals have had exploratory talks with Steve Bartlett, the agent for G Cristobal Huet.

There haven't been any numbers exchanged and the sides have only agreed to speak at the appropriate time, but Huet, who is making $3 million (all terms US) this season and was dealt to the Caps at the deadline, is going to cash in this summer. He could do that with the Caps, but the Senators, Kings, Flyers and Thrashers may all have interest in the Frenchman's services.

It would be hard to guess what Huet might get on the free-agent market. Naturally, this will likely spell the end of G Olaf Kolzig in Washington ...

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Columnists/Garrioch/2008/03/30/5144876-sun.html

hehehe

Posted by: Yo | March 30, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I have no respect for Cindy Crosby. He's a whining, diving Bi*** and I hope Mark Staal puts him through the glass.

Posted by: Rob | March 30, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

@Papa Schultz

If you were practicing that half-slapper as much as you were here talking about it, maybe you'd use it more.

Posted by: The Joke is Old | March 30, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Yo:
hehehe?!? Not nice ...

Posted by: Boo! | March 30, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Boy, all the meanies are out today ... are the fans getting restless?!?

Posted by: Boo! | March 30, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, I can't fathom NYR going 1-4 down the stretch ... but NYR losing today helps the Capitals more.

After today, NYR has PIT again, two games with their rival NYI, and finish with NJ.

Weirder things have happened.

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | March 30, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Malkin is a better player than Cindy.

Posted by: Rob | March 30, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Caps fan in TN:
I was just thinking about that. How is it that the Rangers have only played 77? Given that, it would be hard to catch them ... so I am not convinvced either way whether a Pen's win today would really help us.

Posted by: Boo! | March 30, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Boo!,
It's kinda like sharks smelling blood. We cry and whine when losing yet get all full of ourselves when winning. It makes us male-types naturally exude the stuff Clemens and Petit find in syringes. I guess it's not a bad thing since it involves procreation but it is to be expected. Hey, my Psych 101 is actually paying off!

Anyway, we could be hitting each other over the head with clubs and dragging our significant, and much more rational others by the hair but that would be rude. Sorry for the rant but I think the soccer references made me think about the Football Holligans and how they, the all- proper Brits, explain it.

Feel free to hit the ??? mark as many time as you all see fit.

Carl Jung

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 30, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

@BernieWolfeFan

lol nice post :D

Posted by: mauree | March 30, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

@The Joke is Old

You're right. You can't teach old joke new tricks. I'd better go and practice my half slap shot for Tuesday.

Papa Panzer Schultz, 6'5" (I'm tall)

Posted by: Papa Schultz | March 30, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Quick question (even though you're probably away, enjoying the deserved day off):

What are the criteria for picking the stars of the game? Is it subjective or are there metrics for which this is decided?

I'm asking because I found it odd a shutout didn't get Huet a star.

Posted by: keef | March 30, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

3 words that I thought I would never utter-Thank You Penquins.

Posted by: markfromparkville | March 30, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Mauree,

Great Roma vid. I'm sure this year will be closer than last year. I can't see another 7-1 happening. Ronaldo is on fire at the minute though so good luck stopping him!!

Good news that Malkin only picked up 1 point today so overall with Ovie's 2 points last night he increases his lead by 1. 5 point lead for Ovie with 3 games left!!

I see Cindy got 2 secondary assists so no doubt she is the world's greatest hockey player again!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 30, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

@ Papa Schultz,
At some point last night, Kozlov stole your signature move. Joe B credited him with a half slap shot. You might want to talk to him about that.

Thanks Rangers for losing! (I refuse to thank the Penguins) Ryan Miller, I wish you a shut-out!

Let's go Caps!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Remaining Games for each team we can "pass"

CAR (2 points): Last Game April 4th
Capitals (Away) (4-2-1 vs WAS)
TB (Home) (3-4 vs TB)
FLA (Home) (5-2 vs FLA)

OTT (4 points): Last Game April 4th
MTL (Home) (5-2 vs MTL)
TOR (Away) (3-4 vs TOR)
BOS (Home) (4-3 vs BOS)

PHI (3 points): Last Game April 6th
PIT (Away) (4-2 vs PIT)
NJ (Home) (1-5-1 vs NJ)
PIT (Home) (4-2 vs PIT)

BOS (2 points): Last Game April 5th
Game tonight at 6 vs BUF
NJ (Away) (1-1-1 vs NJ)
OTT (Away) (3-3-1 vs OTT)
BUF (Home) (4-1-1 vs BUF)

NYR (3 points): Last Game April 6th
Game tomorrow vs PIT
NYI (Away) (2-3-1 vs NYI)
NYI (Home) (2-3-1 vs NYI)
NJ (Away) (7-0 vs NJ)

Any team getting to 95 points will get to the playoffs - if Caps continue to win. Weeks ago, the magic number was 93. Over the last couple of years, 92 points got team into the playoffs. We shall see if it's the same this year.

From their records, it's hard to see who will lose... but, it looks like BOS will win tonight - 4-1-1... All we need to do is tie one of those teams and we get it (except for Carolina)

Posted by: 828 | March 30, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Man this is nerve racking. Good win by the boys. Pretty awesome that Halpern had the game winner against the Canes last night.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 30, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

TSN has a good page on the Final Stretch: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?fid=9020&hubname=

It looks like I have to root for the Pens for the final week, and then the Caps may get to return the favor by knocking the Pens out of well you know (can't write it).

Posted by: JIM | March 30, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

HUGE game for the Sabres tonight - if they lose, they are eliminated.

Could come down to that last game (PHI vs PIT - April 6th). Caps last game is April 5th and like people have been saying... PIT could lose on purpose to not have to play the Caps. Guess it depends who wraps up the Eastern Conference #1 seed. Hope MTL keeps PIT honest.

What's nerve racking is that I will be out of town the last two games... I get back April 9th.

Posted by: 828 | March 30, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Thanks JIM - wasted some time figuring all that out! :)

Posted by: 828 | March 30, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

@ 828 -- Yeah, but your list is more up to date.

I agree 95 and a team is in; the best the Caps can do is 94, so may they need a little help. If the Caps get 94, they are looking darn good. Hence, go Pens, go Devils, Go Isles, Go Habs -- and may God forgive my blasphemy!

And may God bless the Caps!

Posted by: JIM | March 30, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

@JIM

If it was up to OTT to throw a game not to have to face us, I'd believe it but I don't think that the Pens are shaking in their skates about the possibility of facing us. :)

Posted by: keef | March 30, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

@ keef

I'd rather the Caps play Montreal not the Pens. Then again, I want the Caps to keep on playing first, against whom is secondary concern. Heck, they could play as the 3rd against the 6th seed -- who knows?

Posted by: JIM | March 30, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't care who they face. I just want the Caps to make the playoffs.

Posted by: elicea | March 30, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

@Boo!

I didn't say this earlier, but ment to...

Nice poem. :)

Posted by: Greg S. | March 30, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Watched "Youngblood" this morning.Cynthia Gibb was so money back in the 80's;I mean the girl can drive a freakin' zamboni.

Posted by: markfromparkville | March 30, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

@keef
The Penguins aren't afraid of ANYone...let alone the Capitals.
Its one thing to be a die-hard fan, but, come on, be realistic here.
Sheesh.

Posted by: Rich D | March 30, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

At some point last night, Kozlov stole your signature move.

@jmu_capsgirl

Thank you, forgot about it. Kozlov was the best student in my half slap shot clinic.

Posted by: Papa Schultz | March 30, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else listening to the Bruins game? I feel sick. Buffalo gets awarded a 4 minute double minor for high sticking, and maybe 20 second later, the Bruins score shorthanded.

Posted by: Leigh | March 30, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for me and the 3 others that were at the Green Turtle. Fun times and a $150 bar tab....Yessssss


1-0 Boston

Posted by: Roger #94 | March 30, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

@Rich D

Re-read my comment. You're reiterating it. Reading is fundamental.

Posted by: keef | March 30, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Phew 1-1 Buf/Bos.

Let's hope Buffalo pours it on.

Posted by: keef | March 30, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Boston sucks...they will lose tonight

Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

BOS & BUF still tied at one after 35 minutes. Not for lack of effort from the Buffaslugs. They're outshooting Boston 14-3 in the second. Let's go Sabres!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Just tuning in. I have links for TVU and SopCast if anyone is interested.

BOS on PP now.

Posted by: mauree | March 30, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Been gone most of the day and just catching up on things. Lose Boston, lose!

How great is it to see Viktor Kozlov starting to dominate at the end of the season? That is one reason why we got the veteren isnt it? I think we listen to who Ovie wants us to bring in here from now on.

I cannot even begin to say how much I am looking forward to Tuesday's game. Planned to go, but that may not work out. Sending hubby with red gear. Daughter lobbying for my ticket so she can wear the new Ovechkin jersey she got for her birthday.

Gotta love Jeff Halpern helping out his old team. Keep it up Halpie.

Posted by: Kim | March 30, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

@Kim

Tell him and your daughter they can go only if they promise to scream their lungs out for the Caps. Otherwise you go. We need all the volume we can get tuesday. Man I wish I can go.

Posted by: mauree | March 30, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Bos/Buf 2-2 at the end of 2.

Can't even afford for Boston to pick up a point here.

Night all, off to bed to dream of Pominville goals amd Miller saves. I'll leave the Italian Stallion to be the one to stay up the latest, eh Mauree! :)

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 30, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey mauree! what do I need to do to watch?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Sabres Bruins tied after 2.

Posted by: markfromparkville | March 30, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Am I watching the wrong game?? My score says tied at one...

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

C'mom Sabres!

Are BUF-BOS just playing for a three-point game? Sigh.

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | March 30, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

@jmu_capsgirl

Well tonight TVU is enough. You can get it at tvunetworks.com. After installing, this is the BUF game:

tvu://65261

Posted by: mauree | March 30, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Tied at 1 "after" 2.

Posted by: markfromparkville | March 30, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks mauree! My connection isn't stellar, but it works!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

@markfromparkville,
Sorry! I read that wrong.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

this begin to smell like a 3-pointer

Posted by: mauree | March 30, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

no ot....come on sabres

Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Buffalo. I cannot believe I just wrote that.

Posted by: Old Bob | March 30, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Buffalo. I cannot believe I just wrote that.

Posted by: Old Bob | March 30, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

OT... 1 point better than 2 points.

Posted by: 828 | March 30, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

*sigh* OT

Posted by: mauree | March 30, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

BUF is eliminated if they do not get 2

Posted by: 828 | March 30, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

ARRRRGH!

Why can't we catch a break.

Posted by: keef | March 30, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Point for Boston. That hurt. Cmon Bufphalic, hold them at that

Posted by: Old Bob | March 30, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

BUF won... guess that is good

Posted by: 828 | March 30, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Buffalo!

Sabres win in OT!

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | March 30, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

BUF won.

A little break for us.

Posted by: mauree | March 30, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

At least Bruins only got one...

Posted by: Rich C | March 30, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

At least Bruins only got one...

Posted by: Rich C | March 30, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

At least Bruins only got one...

Posted by: Rich C | March 30, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Not as bad as it could be. Buffalo cannot get anymore than 40 wins and 92 points. By giving up a point to Boston the Sabres have removed almost any margin for error.

Posted by: Old Bob | March 30, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I hate how it's an odd number now - 91... kinda prevents us from tying. However, that could be a good thing. The last game of the year against FLA, the Caps may only have to play for OT... so, that could work out for us.
PHI, NYR, BOS - all within striking distance. Couldn't hurt for those teams to get another OT lose... I am fine with them getting 1 point a game in the last 3 while we win our last 3. Tie goes to the runner... err, Capitals

Posted by: 828 | March 30, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

What is the verdict if we go 3-0, and the Canes go 2-1?

We would be tied in pts and 4-4 in head to head play.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

What is the verdict if we go 3-0, and the Canes go 2-1?

We would be tied in pts and 4-4 in head to head play.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad day. Rangers lose. Boston only gets one point. Honestly,the Caps are playing with so much confidence I don't think we lose again. Wish I could be there tuesday.UTF!

Posted by: markfromparkville | March 30, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I hate how it's an odd number now - 91... kinda prevents us from tying. However, that could be a good thing. The last game of the year against FLA, the Caps may only have to play for OT... so, that could work out for us.
PHI, NYR, BOS - all within striking distance. Couldn't hurt for those teams to get another OT lose... I am fine with them getting 1 point a game in the last 3 while we win our last 3. Tie goes to the runner... err, Capitals

Posted by: 828 | March 30, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

If we are tied in points with the Canes - they will go because they have more wins (less OT losses)

Posted by: 828 | March 30, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen the new "City" playoff commercial on nhl.com with Roberto Luongo? pretty cool stuff

Posted by: markfromparkville | March 30, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I was gonna give all the stats for possible ways of the Caps getting in but I think we all know that if the Caps lose, we are pretty much done.

Who all is going to Tuesday game?

Posted by: Roger #94 | March 30, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

So we can go 2-1 and get in the playoffs if Boston, Philly or Ottawa goes 0-3?

Is that right?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Roger:
I will be there with (red) bells on! I can't wait - I wish it was tomorrow!! I guess I will have to cheer for the Pens (cough) again in the meantime.

Greg:
Thanks, but it's not a poem - it's a song! :-) Please tell me that you know the song I am referring to?!? If not, please go directly to YouTube - do not pass go, do not collect $200.

Posted by: Boo! | March 30, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I'll be there on Tuesday wearing my red cape...(ehrm)...no. Not cape. Dammit, secret's outta the bag.

Posted by: keef | March 30, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Let's not think we are going to lose one game at homme. If we can win 5 of 6 on the road, we need to have higher beliefs. I do like the fact that we are within 3 points of so many teams. We win, chances are one of them will falter. If not, then as BB says, so be it. We are showing the league we are force that will only get stronger.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | March 30, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

@ 9:37:
I believe that is right, but what are the chances of any of them going 0-3? I think it is more likely that we go 3-0 and Ottawa goes 1-2 - that would get us in. Too bad Carolina has such an easy schedule - we are actually closer to them. If only Boston or Philly would start a slide, we would be in (maybe Boston has started theirs?!?). Regardless, we just need to WIN. If the Caps do that, I bet something will open up.

Posted by: Boo! | March 30, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Doh! Stupid 3 point game. When the Caps win on Tuesday, they will still be outside looking in. The boys just have to keep winning (yeah, redundant, so what). [Reading this in Homer Simpson's voice makes for better reading (yeah, redundant, so what)].

Posted by: JIM | March 30, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

A nice thing is that two of the teams ahead of the Caps play each other: Boston v. Ottawa (4/4). I hope whoever loses that game is on a losing streak.

Ottawa has Montreal, Toronto, and Boston so I expect they will pick up about 2-3 pts = 94-95

Philly has to play the Devils once and the Pens twice -- no way they get more than 3 points = 93-94

Boston has NJ, Ott, and Buffalo -- probably 3-4 pts = 94-95

The Rangers have the Pens, the Isles twice, and the Devils -- probably 4-6 points = 95-97

The Caps have to win out (94) to pass Philly or Boston, or hope that Carolina lays an egg after Tuesday. This is tight!!!

Posted by: JIM | March 30, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

LETS GO CAPS!!!!

Posted by: Fifteen Dollars | March 30, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I'll be watching the game at The Lazy Dog in Boulder, Co. Next up is to find a bar in Austin Texas for the game on Thursday.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 30, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Ah. Journey.

Where's my rock...

Posted by: Greg S. | March 30, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Greg:
How could you forget Journey?!? I could see if you just 82/81, or even 22/21, but not 52/51!! ;-) Anyway, I hope you can now appreciate the lyrics that much more ... and that you sing them at the most inopportune times, frightening those around you.

Posted by: Boo! | March 31, 2008 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Sombrero Guy:
When do you come home? Will you be catching any of the games at the VC this week? I am thrilled to be going to all 3, but bummed that, come Sunday, the regulalr season will be over ... :-( However, I hope to be back in the VC soon for you know what!! :-D LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: Boo! | March 31, 2008 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Lets go Pens!!!

Ouch that hurts but a win over the Rangers would really help. They need the win too to stay up on the Habs

Posted by: Anonymous | March 31, 2008 7:03 AM | Report abuse

For some reason I can no longer post links ... anyway, there is a good read on nhl.com under "features" called "southeast notebook" - very interesting stats about the Caps and BB.

Posted by: Boo! | March 31, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

@Boo!

How could I forget? It's a skill, Boo! It's a skill.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 31, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

But Greg, Journey was the best band EVER!! OK, maybe not ever ... ;-) For the record - for the past month or so, the Caps have been playing "Don't Stop Believin'" in the locker room after big wins (no, I have not been there - you can hear it in the background during post-game interviews). Hence the inspiration. So if it is good enough for the Caps, it is good enough for me!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | March 31, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Apologies for causing some confusion last night by saying the Buf/Bos game was 2-2 after 2 when it was of course 1-1 after 2.

Clearly I am not getting enough sleep!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 31, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Hang in there, Dave - just one week to go (then the sleep deprivation REALLY kicks in!! HA!! ;-))

Posted by: Boo! | March 31, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Jeff Halpern!! He still has a little red, white, and blue running through those veins of his............So, now.....Caps win out and Carolina loses to the Caps and Tampa once more.....The Southeast has gotta be ours!!!! Choke Hurricanes choke!!!!!!

Posted by: Phil | March 31, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I am really interested in the fact that we can go 2-1, and Ottawa goes 0-3 and we are in.

Ottawa is in real trouble and not playing well. We have the tie-breaker on them too.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 31, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I'm confident the Capitals get in if they win their last three games and reach 94 points.

But I'm concerned that 93 ... and definitely 92, will be a little short.

However, if we do get in ... we'll be one hot team ... with the one ingredient you NEED to win in the playoffs: a hot goalie.

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | March 31, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

However, if we do get in ... we'll be one hot team

We'll also be one tired team.

Posted by: keef | March 31, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

@keef

Thanks for the positive spin. Might as well not make it since we'll be tired when we get there. We only have the youngest legs in the eastern conference, and the rest of the teams are so rested and ready to go.

Posted by: Slobber | March 31, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

@Slobber

To add more cheer to your day, we have the youngest legs on the most inexperienced players. :)

I'm just being a pessimist right now so that I can be surprised on Saturday.

Posted by: keef | March 31, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Tired legs or not, I just want the Capitals to get in.

Not that I'm accepting a first-round sweep once there ... but making the playoffs is the next step. Who knows what will happen in the donnybrook that is the NHL playoffs?

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | March 31, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Not to be too overly confident, but looking ahead to this week. After we play the Canes tomorrow night, they play at home against an as of late tough Tampa team (back to back). We then get Tampa in here on Thursday after they played the night before (back to back for them). Florida comes in here on Sat after playing the Canes the night before (another back to back). I would have to hope we would have the fresher legs over two teams not in the chase and coming off back to backs and that maybe, just maybe the Bolts can surprise the Canes.

Fingers crossed!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | March 31, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

...that is to say that they could be mentally tired.

Posted by: keef | March 31, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

re: tired legs

With the way this race has gone in the last few weeks, everyone in the East has been playing like it is the playoffs. I think everyone will have their share of exhaustion. We will have an extra day off from the start of the playoffs since our last game is on Sat.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | March 31, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

What a hockey city... our team is making a late playoff surge and has won 8 of its last 9 games, we have the biggest game of the season against the division leader tomorrow night, and our biggest newspaper doesn't even have some sort of token article.

Posted by: Bret | March 31, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

The East is not the only playoff atmosphere. The West is just as muddled with 6-9th place separated by 4 points also.

It is just an awesome time for hockey, and we are right in the begging of the best time of the year. Really makes you think back on how much every point in the season is. 1 less Ref tackle on a D-man (+1 pt), and one pipe shot that went in instead of out (+2 pts).. and one Shoot out goal extra (+1 pt).. and the Caps are sitting with 92 points in 5th place.

Honestly, even if we don't make it this year.. we had as close to a playoff experience over the past 3 weeks as a team can get. However, nothing can beat the real deal.. so let's beat those Canes!!!!

Goes without saying, but I can't control myself. Biggest game of the year tomorrow!!!!!!!!

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | March 31, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Very unscientific / wildly unlikely methodology used, but if all the higher-seeded teams win their games for the rest of the season, and if none of those games are "3 point" games (the REALLY unlikely part of the equation), this is how the season would end in the eastern conference playoff race:

1 Pit 105
2 Mon 104
3 Car 96
4 NJ 101
5 Ott 96
6 NYR 95
7 Bos 93
8 Was 92

Phi 91
Buf 88

Posted by: GusDaMan | March 31, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

BTw....where is GMGM saying how great it is to have the NCAA and circus in town so we can finish with 3 straight home games

Posted by: Rich c | March 31, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

No way its a first round sweep.

If the Caps get in, and you are a beleiver in the team of destiny theory, they most certainly will play Pittsburgh in the first round, go down 3-1 in the series, then come back to win it in 7.

Posted by: Stormblue | March 31, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Someone is going to tank down the stretch.

NYR, Philly, Ottawa, Carolina, Boston...we can catch any of them.

Or we can tank and be done ourselves.

Everything needs to finish in regulation down the stretch. No charity pts for OT and Shootout loses.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 31, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Why am I getting this sinking feeling that everything will conspire against us? We need Boston and Ottawa to lose games (including a game against each other) to even give us a shot. We have the tiebreaker against both of them, so all we have to do is tie. But, they both need to lose and do so in regulation. My conspiracy theory will be proven if that game (OTT-BOS) goes to OT. If that happens, then it really doesn't matter who wins.

Posted by: old time hockey | March 31, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Here are the records for their last 10 games of the teams we'll be battling to get in:

NYR 5-3-2
PHL 5-2-3
OTT 5-4-1
CAR 7-2-1
BOS 4-3-3

Rangers, Boston and Philly all have 40 wins, same as Caps, will come into play (maybe) for tiebreakers

Posted by: Steve R | March 31, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

The past 6 seasons - the Flyers are 0-3 in their final 3 games.

Not really, but I wanted to build up some hope for a second.

Let's go CAPS!!!

Posted by: 828 | March 31, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Philly is playing Pitt x2 and NJ in their final three, I could see them getting an OTL point or two and no wins. We can hope.

Posted by: Steve R | March 31, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm worried we will just fall a point short. But after such a bad start to the season its a worry I didn't think I would have.

Ottawa hold the key I think. There is a certain symmetry to the Sens getting off to a flyer then ending up 9th while we go from worst to make the playoffs at their expense. Could happen.

Boo,
I'll happily accept sleepless nights should we make the playoffs!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 31, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I have been away and unable to post! Again tomorrow is "The Biggest Game of the Season" (finally I can say it with confidence that my statement is correct - side note, not like the last 9 or 10 weren't, but I believe tomorrow decides our fate, as well as a little help from the hockey Gods). Great games this weekend for us and finally getting a little love from the other teams somewhat controlling 8th seed!
@JSchon - We need a special message delivered for tomorrow - something insane like the delivery I gave in Carolina - great post this weekend I was following the blog!
Also, wish I could travel Tuesday for the game, might not go over well here at work since I was sick same time last week with the CAPS bug. Please cheer extra loud for me!!!!

Posted by: Greenie | March 31, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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