It was a good weekend for the Washington Capitals. On top of snapping a decades-long losing streak in San Jose, the Caps got pretty favorable results on the Alchemax Out-of-Town Scoarboard.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs continued their free fall, losing to the Devils in rego.
- The Detroit Red Wings stole a loser point from overtime, but lost on a nifty goal by Matt Moulson.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets got shut out by Evgeni Nabokov.
The result: The Caps are basically one point out of the playoffs.
I hate saying “x games in hand all the time,” but I’ll do it this once. Detroit leads the Caps by one point with one game in hand. Toronto also leads the Caps by one point, but the Caps have one game in hand. The Blue Jackets are one point behind with one game in hand.
Sportsclubstats says it’s basically a 30% chance that the Caps make the playoffs. A win over the Kings back home on Tuesday will be tough, but it would be a big deal for a team hoping to make their 7th straight playoff appearance. That same night, the Leafs will face the Blues, another one of the best teams in the league.