It’s so funny that the Southeast division champion will basically be determined by Tampa Bay and Florida. Washington and Carolina’s final games are against those two teams. Last night, Carolina beat Tampa Bay to keep them in the playoff hunt. Washington needs to run the table against Tampa and Florida AND Carolina needs to drop their final game to Florida for the Caps to get into the playoffs, so Carolina is in control of its playoff destiny.
Carolina’s overcome a lot of injuries and a relatively small line-up to stay competitive all season, but you have to want to see what Alexander Ovechkin will do in the playoffs for Washington. Of course, one interesting scenario is Philly tanking their last two games, paving the way for Washington and Carolina to make it into the playoffs. Last night’s Flyers loss to the Penguins was a step in the right direction toward that scenario (login info.).