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Hi. Earlier today, the NHL tweeted out what would need to happen for the Capitals to clinch a playoff spot. Well, with the Capitals’ taking the Carolina Hurricanes to overtime, I’m happy to announce playoff hockey is returning to Washington DC.

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The Caps Could Clinch a Playoff Spot Tonight

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Photo: Drew Hallowell

After Washington’s 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1, the Capitals essentially locked up a playoff spot with 96 standings points. Over the years, passing that threshold has essentially guaranteed a playoff spot (unless you’re the 2015 Bruins).

That’s why the below news from the NHL’s PR is a bit trivial. Tonight the Caps, who have 103 points, could *officially* clinch, depending on several outcomes.

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In random news I can’t believe I’m writing about, Atlanta Falcons receiver and four-time Pro Bowler Roddy White announced during a Twitter Q&A Wednesday night that he’s a huge fan of Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

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The Capitals played the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Despite an awful start, Washington nearly dug themselves out of a four-goal hole. Thanks to the Capitals’ third period rally, the game at American Airlines Center was a fun one. 

I flew out to Dallas for the weekend to watch it and I have to thank the Stars fans for their great hospitality. I met so many wonderful people, including a bunch of invading Caps fans.

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The Capitals are the NHL’s best team. They’re also its weirdest.

After their shootout win over the Devils on Saturday afternoon, the team held another group hug at center ice. And then they danced.

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The Washington Capitals hosted their 14th annual Military Night on Thursday night. As part of Military Night, the Caps wore camo jerseys during warm-ups that were auctioned off later in the evening. Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer’s specially designed military masks were also up for bidding.

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The two Caps games that got postponed due the DC Blizzard just got rescheduled.

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TSN’s Bob McKenzie did his annual coach’s poll and I’m now paralyzed by superstitious, jinx-y feelings.

27 of 30 NHL coaches voted in McKenzie’s poll. A staggering 25 of 27 coaches picked the Capitals to come out of the Eastern Conference and play in the Stanley Cup Finals. Two lost souls have Jagr Fever, picking the Florida Panthers to play in a championship series I would refuse to watch.

Meanwhile, the Capitals were heavily favored by coaches to win the Stanley Cup. Washington received 16 votes while Chicago (nine), Los Angeles (one), and Tampa Bay (one) also received consideration.

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This might be the understatement of the century, but the 2015-16 Washington Capitals are really good. They’ve won 35 of their first 46 games, they hold a 12-point lead over Florida in the Eastern Conference, and they’ve got a 14-point cushion over the Rangers for the Metropolitan Division crown.

But if we turn our heads to the President’s Trophy race, that’s where things get even crazier.

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Sportsnet recently released a well-produced five-minute video on the Washington Capitals, focusing on how the team has changed under head coach Barry Trotz. In the video, Trotz and star players talk about the broken and fragmented atmosphere left behind by (current Sportsnet analyst) Adam Oates two seasons ago.

“I think it was a big wake up call for a lot of guys who had been here before that we needed to change something in here,” Braden Holtby said. “The happy-go-lucky Caps weren’t going to cut it anymore.”

“[New management] came at the perfect time for us,” continued Holtby. “We had our ultimate lows as an organization.”

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