SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 6: Jason Arnott #44 of the Washington Capitals warms up prior to the NHL game against the Florida Panthers on March 6, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
The Washington Capitals are on a six-game winning streak (I still accept a SO "win" as a win under protest) and may be getting hot -- at both ends of the ice -- at just the right time. To be sure, there has been less praise heaped on this team during the second half of this season than during that of campaigns past, which may have finally positioned the good guys in red into that sweet spot of (a) playing with something to prove and having that battle-tested edge, that collective chip on their shoulders, and (b) still possessing enough of that Presidents' Trophy-winning talent -- and now also a critical mass of veteran leadership -- to get 'er done in the second season. And suddenly, les Capitals find themselves in second place in the Eastern Conference, making my recent suggestion that this team is a 4/5 seed look silly.
Still, there are fourteen Caps games left to play to settle the playoff seedings (and get healthy), including tonight's intra-division contest with a Carolina Hurricanes team desperate for points (and a goalie in Cam Ward to which the Caps' young 'tenders can look for some playoff-bound inspiration).
Russell and I get mic'd up again to discuss all that and more on JRR tomorrow morning at 10am Eastern, and we'll welcome back, at the bottom of the hour, the elder statesman of Capitals hockey, Smokin' Al Koken from CSN Washington. We'll get Al's post-trade deadline view on just how well the team is positioned for ultimate success this spring.
Here's your question for tomorrow's show:
After Eric Fehr tallied a pair on Wednesday, both he and fellow winger Mike Knuble are on about the same 19-goal per 82-game season pace. Which forward will pot the most pucks the rest of the way, and why?
The call in number is (917) 388-4003 and we'll take your questions @japersrinkradio.
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