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Ovechkin, Caps prep for ‘huge’ playoff-clinching game vs. Jets

Apr 22, 2013, 5:18 PM EST

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The Washington Capitals know what’s at stake on tomorrow at Verizon.

Regulation win, and they’re in.

That was the story out of Washington on Monday as the Caps practiced, then prepped to watch tonight’s Jets-Sabres game — though they aren’t overly concerned about tonight’s result.

Regardless of what Winnipeg does in Buffalo, the Caps know the scenario for Tuesday:

Beat the Jets in regulation, and they both clinch a playoff berth and win their fifth Southeast Division in six years.

“It’s huge,” captain Alex Ovechkin told CSN Washington. “We understand it. I think everybody right now is focusing. Tomorrow is the biggest game.”

The Caps are probably relishing the opportunity to close against the Jets. After dropping their first game of the year (4-2) to Winnipeg, Washington has ripped off three straight wins, outscoring the Jets 13-1 in the process.

Washington will also have the advantage of facing a tired opponent.

The closing schedule has not been kind to the Jets. They went to OT with Carolina on Thursday, a shootout with the Islanders on Saturday and will now play three games in the span of four nights (Monday at Buffalo, Tuesday at Washington, Thursday in Montreal).

All told, it’s five games in seven nights for the Jets, something Caps head coach Adam Oates is aware of.

“They should be a little tired,” Oates said. “It’s a stressful time. We should be in a better frame of mind than them tomorrow night.”

  1. kyzslew77 - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    HONK HONK HONK

    LET’S GO CAPS

  2. ludacrish05 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Toot toot toot!

  3. mattybo - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Lol southeast division

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Nooooooooooooooooooo! Not the Caps in the playoffs. Well! Ok if they get bounced in the first round. Ovi is a loser.

  5. bmoreredfury311 - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Love the hate, Keep it going boys! C-A-P-S!!

  6. caps4cup - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Lets go caps

  7. blackfoot11 - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Let’s go seal this division and keep the points train rolling. Go Caps!

  8. ravenscaps48 - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Make me proud, Gentlemen!

  9. blastardo - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Good luck lads. The Jets will be hungry after beating the Sabres today.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      And tired, while a rested Washington team is waiting at home, coming off on an EASY 5-1 Win over Montreal…. Rest & Confidence > Hungriness

  10. operwapitsai - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    lets go caaaaps!

    - goat

  11. har21441 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Thankfully the caps will be in a real division next year and won’t be able to back their way into the playoffs like this anymore.
    How many consecutive years of missing the playoffs until the self centered individuals on the caps self destruct?

    • dcdangles - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Go back over the last 5 years and look at the Caps record against Eastern teams not in their division. In fact, go back and look at their record against the teams that will be in their division next season.

      And then once you’ve done that…..shut up.

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