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‘Biggest week’ coming up for desperate Caps

Mar 18, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

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Six points back of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, the Washington Capitals are already long shots to make the playoffs.

With four tough road games up next on the schedule, the postseason dream could be all but shattered by the end of the week.

“It’s the biggest week for us,” captain Alex Ovechkin said Sunday after beating Buffalo, 5-3, at the Verizon Center. “We can end the season this week (or) we can continue to fight for the playoffs.”

Washington plays Tuesday in Pittsburgh against the red-hot Penguins, then has back-to-back games Thursday and Friday in Winnipeg, and finishes the trip Sunday at Madison Square Garden against the desperate Rangers.

The Caps haven’t been very good away from home this season, winning just four times in 13 games. If that trend doesn’t change, they’ll almost certainly miss the playoffs for the first since 2006-07. With that could come many changes, including possibly a new general manager. George McPhee has been in the position since June of 1997.

  1. capsrockva - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Hopefully the Caps can get wins in PIT and steal one of two in Winnepeg

    • bgrillz - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      I love how winning in Pittsburgh, would be them getting a win, but winning a game in Winnipeg would be “stealing one”. Caps are D E A D Dead!

      • therealjr - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        Despite stinking, the Caps have played well there in recent history. But really you are getting all bent over the use of steal. If they were to somehow win two of three they would be better off winning both the Winnipeg games and losing to Pittsburgh, anyway.

  2. bgrillz - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Can’t wait to hear what they don’t like about what the Pens did to them. Wonder what codes will be broken, or what will they be doing to you to disrespect you, or what criticisms will be unfair to you.

    • therealjr - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Dear Steve Ott’s mom:

      Go home.

  3. govtminion - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    The Penguins have won, what, nine straight, something like that? And the CAPS are going to take them down AT HOME?

    I think they take one of two against the Jets, but it would take a truly monumental effort for them to even challenge the Penguins at this point- and that’s been the Caps problem this season, there’s not really much in the way of effort most nights.

    • bethgoesglobal - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      Stranger things have happened. Caps, in general have been pretty good in Pitts in recent history. Every game starts with a 50-50 chance!

  4. thecrabcakestate - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    It’s a lost year for the caps. They’ll get a good draft pick at least. I’m a caps fan saying this. We just need to keep ribeiro and wait for forsberg, kuznetsov, Wilson, and co to get hear. At least one will be next year

  5. thecrabcakestate - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    *here

  6. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Too little too late. The big week for every team in a shortened season is every week. Where was Ovi when the season started? Body in DC, mind in Russia perhaps. Hope the Caps will be doing some spring cleaning.

  7. steelers88 - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Good Luck! HA HA HA HA!

  8. capsfan19 - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    I cant help but be pessimistic, but lets go caps! We really need this! The season is on the line.

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