New York Islanders Gameday: A chance to finish the Capitals

"Men's synchronized defense isn't even in the Olympics yet. But that's okay, because we could use the time." - Patrick Smith

The Capitals are arguably dead already, but tonight presents a chance to roll them to the coroner.

The Washington Capitals' fragile playoffs took another big hit last night with a 2-1 loss in New Jersey, allowing the Devils to leap them in the chase for the East's wild card spots. Washington is four points behind Columbus, but given the Caps' low number of regulation/overtime wins (the first tiebreaker), they're essentially five points out with five games to go.

For them, tonight versus the New York Islanders is critical.

It's an early start (5 p.m. EDT) at the Coliseum, with enough narratives swirling around the Capitals to make this an ugly day for them if things go awry. To wit:

So yeah, tonight could be fun. The Caps are just about done already, but if the Isles beat them and they go 0-for-2 on this New York swing ... well, two of their remaining opponents are the Blues and Blackhawks.

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