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Even Jeff Halpern can’t believe the Caps are still in the playoff race

Feb 22, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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The trials and tribulations of the Washington Capitals this season are all too well known at this point. A team blessed with talent that’s performing below standard the way the Caps are means trouble when it comes to playoff hopes.

Caps forward Jeff Halpern pulled no punches when talking about where the team is in the standings. With the Caps sitting 10th in the East but just two points out of both the Southeast Division lead and the eighth playoff spot, he tells Chuck Gormley of that he’s stunned they’re that close.

“It’s amazing that as bad as we’ve played, we’re still in it,” Caps center Jeff Halpern told reporters. “For us not to seize these opportunities, shame on us. With efforts like (Monday night’s 5-0 loss in Carolina), we’re not going to do anything.”

The Caps have been a very average team this season. The goal scoring comes and goes the same way the goaltending does and it’s been rare when the two have hit their highs at the same time.

Then again, the last season Halpern suited up in a Caps uniform it was the 2005-2006 season when the team finished fifth in the division and had the fourth worst record in the league. He’s seen worse.

  1. danphipps01 - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Welcome to the utter joy that is the Southeast Division, Jeff. You can be as miserably incompetent as you want and still make the playoffs year after year. Life is good when you’re playing on easy mode.

  2. unknowneric - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Halpern: “With all these stars, you’d think we’d be playing better!”

    Reporter: “I know. Ovechkin… Semin… Vokoun…”

    Halpern: “Oh! No, I meant on our jerseys!” *points just below neck*

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