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Caps’ Laich says 92 points is their target for to make playoffs

Feb 27, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

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Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich has an idea of what it will take to get to the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.’s Chuck Gormley spoke with the Caps’ alternate captain and gets their target number to shoot for to make a run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“Anything less than 92 you’re going to need a major stroke of luck to get in,” Laich predicted. “I think that’s the absolute cutoff point. As you get a point or two or three above that, your chances get exponentially better.”

If that point total sounds familiar to fans in Washington, it’s what the Caps finished with in the 2011-2012 season to get into the playoffs then. The Caps and Ottawa Senators each finished with 92 points that season, but the Caps had the tiebreaker to get the seventh seed. Washington went on to oust the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs that season.

In seasons previous to that, the high-80s to low-90s were what got teams in the postseason. While the Eastern Conference has been bad this season, it’ll turn into “Lord Of The Flies” down the stretch as teams fight to get in the playoffs.

With the new wild card spots, it’ll open things up to be a wild finish for the final two spots. A race not unlike what we’ve seen in the past.

  1. joey4id - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Yes! Sir! Joey knows hockey. I wrote the following about the Flyers when they were 3-7-0.

    joey4id – Oct 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM
    To make the playoffs the Flyers will have to finish about 7or 8 games above .500. This means their record for the next 72 games has to be in vicinity of 37 wins, 25 loses and 10 ties (90 Pts). They have to play 12 games above .500 over the remainder of the season. The math doesn’t lie, so, I don’t like their odds.

    If Caps get 92 pts then they will finish ahead of the Flyers.

    • kyzslew77 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      That is pretty impressive. The Flyers have really turned it on. This Sunday’s game between them and the Caps will be big.

      But speaking of the Caps, do you have any #hottaeks to share about their captain? I hear he is a selfish selfishist who only cares about scoring selfish goals. He’s never won anything in his entire life, and is a terrible captain, and is Russian, and is not Canadian, and is selfish. That’s the word on the street anyways. Can you confirm or deny any of those things? Thanks in advance.

      • blomfeld - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        friend … I regret to inform you that ‘everything’ you’ve heard is indeed true … 😦

      • kyzslew77 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:32 AM


        One other thing I heard that I forgot to include above: Selfishvechkin is selfish. Don’t know how I skipped over that. But I will assume that it is also true. Very sad.

    • ravenscaps48 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      How low of a person are you that you’ve created multiple profiles on a hockey blog and continue to have conversations with yourself? Good Lord, you’re annoying!

      • kyzslew77 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        If you can’t tell that I’m a separate person (a Caps fan) who is trolling him for being the world’s worst troll (well to be fair it’s a dead heat between him and fivetozeroingameseven), you really need to pay closer attention.

      • ravenscaps48 - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        I was only talking to Blomfeld, fella.

      • blomfeld - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        ‘Stand Down’ comrade Kyzslew77 !

        *** Earlier today at a coffee shop ***

        Blomfeld: hello friend, how may I help you ?

        Ravenscrap: me me me !

        Blomfeld: excuse me ? … look sir, what can I do for you ?

        Ravenscrap: me me me !

        Blomfeld: very well then … ‘guards’ if you please? …

        Ravenscrap: me me me !

        Guards: shut up you freak ! … KAPOW !! .. KABOOM !! .. KAZAAM !!


        comrade Kyzslew77 … don’t worry about this Ravenscrap idiot, as it’s always the same refrain from these creatons … “oh you’re a multiple handle, a geezer, a tweenie, a basement dweller, etc” … in fact, our friend Joey was even called a hired ‘professional’ sports blogger by one of these dim wits ! … can you believe that crap ? … the bottom line friend is that Ovechkin is the quintessential NHL parasite and his followers and supporters are no different than flies on a pile of horse crap ! … in a better world, these people would be rounded up ‘right now’ and handed over to state and/or provincial ‘mental health’ professionals !

        GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  2. jpelle82 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    so you’re saying you need at least 29 points in 23 games. that means winning 15 of 23 or at least 5 or 6 ot/so losses thrown in if you can only win half of those games. a .650 winning percentage moving forward…good luck considering they’re below .500 in 59 games thus far and nothing’s been done to improve

  3. terrier92 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Sportsclubstats predicts a 79% chance of making playoffs at 93 points Less than 30% at 91

  4. blomfeld - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:12 AM


    With all due respect, just what exactly is Yerdon talking about ? I mean seriously, wasn’t the # 1 priority for these fools to have Ovechkin win the Rocket Richard trophy ?

    • joey4id - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Mission accomplished!

  5. bmoreredfury311 - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    I’m extremely tried of hearing about the playoffs, this team needs to only worry about one play, one shift, one period and one game at a time.

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