Friday, April 8, 2011

And Then There Was One....

Regular season game left, that is. The Caps are headed to the sun and sands of South Florida for their final game prior to the start of the long-awaited post season. The Florida Panthers proved to be no match for the Capitals on Wednesday and with the probable return of Mike Green to the line up and the Cats' Stephen Weiss and Tomas Vokoun on the shelf, the boys should be able to win another one and head into the playoffs on a high note. Gabby is playing his cards close to his chest in terms of saying who will be sitting out to "rest" tomorrow night. Meanwhile, the playoff picture is still murky as teams are scrambling for the final spots in the East.

Here's how it stands right at this very minute:

7th Spot: Buffalo Sabres (92 pts)
8th Spot: New York Rangers (91 points)
9th Spot: Carolina Hurricanes (89 points)

The Rangers lost a stinker last night (3-0) to the non-playoff bound Atlanta Thrashers. They'll get a chance to rest a bit then face another non-playoff bound team, New Jersey, tomorrow. Buffalo meets the Flyers (who are having their own mini-meltdown as of late) tonight, then close the season out against Columbus. The Hurricanes are hoping for two regulation wins against their final opponents, Atlanta and Tampa Bay, to grab that last dance card.

Meanwhile, Vancouver Canucks fans are celebrating their President's Trophy win and #1 in the West seed by tossing...salmon. Yep, in a game that saw Ryan Kesler hit the 40-goal mark for the first time in his career with a hat trick, some over jubilant fan decided to chuck a rather large salmon onto the ice. Dude, I could use that on my grill!

Seriously? (s/t to Puck Daddy)


Dan, Jr. said...

I'm not 100% sure who I'd want the Caps to face in the first round, though I've kind of been thinking about the 'canes.

Hey, octopus has already been taken, and it's probably easier to sneak in a salmon.

HOCKEY MOM said...

Hey Dan -

I'm with you on the Canes but am wondering if the magic might be starting to fade for the Rangers? I always thought that tossing Chesapeake Bay crabs (considering DC's proximity to Md.) might be kinda fun. They could have crab races between the periods! I guess sneaking in a bushel of crabs would be quite an undertaking, eh? ;)