With the Florida Panthers losing tonight, the Washington Capitals have made the playoffs. The Panthers playoff hopes may have also died in Buffalo. But with 8 games remaining in the Panther's schedule, it is mathematically impossible for them to over take the Caps who are 17 points better than their Divisional foes and the 9th place team in the Eastern Conference.
The Caps make the playoffs for the second year in a row. The last time they have accomplished that feat was in the '99 - '00 season. The Capitals did not need to wait for the last game of the season either like they did last year. In fact, the way the Caps ended last season and how they are finishing off this season is a story of two very different teams.
The Caps start their four game home stand Friday night against Tampa Bay.