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by Paul on 03/07/12 at 11:32 PM ET
from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post,
The Washington Capitals’ season, as well as the whole trajectory of the franchise’s history, is at a crossroads with 16 games to play. The team that led the NHL in regular season points over the past three seasons — better than San Jose or Vancouver or anybody — would not even be included in the 16-team NHL postseason if the playoffs started now.
But it’s actually worse than that. Since the Caps started the season with a seven-game winning streak,only three teams have amassed fewer points.
The Caps aren’t just on the verge of missing the playoffs, after thinking they might go to the Stanley Cup finals. After three straight loses at home, and with their best player, Nicklas Backstrom, almost certainly out for the season, they are in danger of imploding. Their meeting on Thursday night at Verizon Center with Tampa Bay has suddenly become vital. After that, the Caps play six of their next seven games on the road, where they’ve been horrid. In two weeks, if they don’t shape up in a hurry, they could be D.O.A.
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