Friday, December 17, 2010

Don't Look Now But Atlanta Is Only 1 Point Back of the Capitals

If you looked at the NHL standings this morning you might have noticed that due to the recent trials and tribulations by the Capitals the Atlanta Thrashers who are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games played are only one game behind the Caps in the NHL standings with 39 points, while Tampa Bay is just 2 points behind with 38 points having gone 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. Both Atlanta and Washington have played 33 games so far this season while Tampa Bay has played only 31. Even more interesting is the fact that if the regular season ended today there would be three Southeast Division teams in the playoffs. So why am I bringing this up, well as you know if you read my last couple of blogs I am an eternal optimist and have hope for the Caps going forward; that said it won't be a cakewalk this year. The Caps have been alone with distance between themselves and their Division rivals for the Southeast Division championship the last couple of years - that doesn't look like it will be the case the this season. However here's good news - the Caps only have one more meeting with Atlanta who has seemed to have the Caps numbers often this season - in Atlanta on January 26th. They have four more games with Tampa Bay - which I think is a more fun game to watch and a better match-up for the we fans and the team. Of course the crowding of the standings both in the Southeast Division and the Eastern Conference means the distance between the Caps and the other teams in the Eastern Conference working to make the playoffs that Washington had created during their good run in November has basically now been "spent" during this current loosing streak. So it's now time for the Capitals to go out and "Just Do It."

With a little cooperation from the hockey gods that could start tomorrow evening in Boston - please hockey gods? ...please....


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