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Playoff Watch: Caps are in with win over Flyers

Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:49 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 4:00 pm

WHO CAN CLINCH: The Washington Capitals can clinch their fourth consecutive trip to the postseason a few different ways tonight. The Caps are in if they beat the Flyers, get an overtime or shootout loss combined with a Carolina Hurricanes loss (in regulation or otherwise) or if Carolina loses in regulation to the Ottawa Senators

ALREADY IN: The Vancouver Canuck and Philadelphia Flyers. 

GAME OF THE NIGHT: Washington Capitals (42-21-10) at Philadelphia Flyers (44-19-8), 7:30 p.m. ET (Versus)

If memories haven’t already faded about that eight-game slide the Capitals had in December, a victory tonight might just do it. A win by Washington would pull them even in the points department with the Flyers atop the Eastern Conference. The Flyer will remain in first no matter what happens, however, since they have two games in hand on the Caps, which results in a better winning percentage. Here's a look at our playoff tracker.

The Caps will be without Alex Ovechkin, who the team announced Monday would be out seven to 10 days with an undisclosed injury. Arguably the Flyers most recognizable player, defenseman Chris Pronger, will also be out of the lineup as he recovers from an injury to his right hand that required surgery. The Flyers announced Tuesday that enforcer Jody Shelley would be out four weeks due to a fractured orbital bone suffered in practice. He will undergo surgery on Thursday. 

There’s still plenty of players left to make one of the East’s better rivalries interesting to watch. The Flyers won two of the first three meetings this season and all went to at least overtime. 

ALTERNATIVE VIEWING: New Jersey Devils (34-34-4) at Boston Bruins (39-22-10), 7 p.m. ET 

The Devils are getting close to the point where they need to run the table to make the playoffs. Two teams and seven points stand between New Jersey and eighth-place Buffalo entering Tuesday night’s action. The Bruins won the first two meetings this season. 

GOLF WATCH: The Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers won't get any new company tonight.  

-- A.J. Perez

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Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:12 pm

Playoff Watch: Caps are in with win over Flyers

Flyers came out with a vengence in the 2nd period tonight after spotting Washington a 3 goal lead.  Babrovsky was swiss cheese.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 5:51 pm

Playoff Watch: Caps are in with win over Flyers

I'm looking forward to this game.  Ovechkin and Pronger are out, but most of the rest of the lineups are healthy.  Washington should be getting back Jason Arnott soon and already got Eric Fehr and Nicklas Backstrom back, leaving Mike Green as the only other scratch.  Philly is only out Oskars Bartulis otherwise.  The Capitals are pretty much locked into the playoffs, whether they clinch or not, but will try hard to secure that #1 spot in the East, or at the very least- win the SE Division for the 4th straight time.  The Flyers seemed to have regained much of their momentum and will try to propel themselves into the playoffs.  Both teams will be playing hard.

Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:46 pm

Playoff Watch: Caps are in with win over Flyers

Game of the year tonight despite the two of the best at their position being out with Pronger and Ovechkin. Flyers have been pretty ordinary since the all-star break, struggling to hold onto leads in the 3rd period and being outshot in just about every single game since the break. The Caps have been red hot and look like a complete team in all facets of the game. This game will have a playoff like atomsphere and will be huge for either team.

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