With all eight playoff teams in the
"It doesn't matter which position you are [in]," Ovechkin said after Thursday's 4-2 victory over the
The Capitals (90 points) could finish in third, seventh or eighth place, where they are now, because Florida has not clinched the
The Panthers and Senators, both at 92 points, need to acquire only one point in their regular season finales to clinch their current seedings. Should either Florida or Ottawa fail to do so, a Capitals win against the
Heading into Thursday's showdown with Florida, the Capitals didn't want to focus on whether they might be able to keep the Southeast Division title within reach. After the victory, though, the top spot in the division is very much in play, putting pressure on Florida.
"They're in, but they're just like us; they're still fighting for the division, and it's kind of fun when it comes down to this last game," forward
Winning the Southeast would give the Capitals something much more valuable than a fifth straight division title — home-ice advantage. Washington is 26-11-4 at home but just 15-21-4 on the road.