After a grueling stretch of 7 games in 12 nights with a cross country flight, the Caps return with only two games this week. However, these games are not going to be easy at all.
First up, Carolina Hurricanes, Tuesday (3/15) at 7 EST.
Carolina is fighting for their playoff lives. They are five points back from the Red Wings. Carolina is 3-0-2 since the trade deadline. The Caps can lock up a playoff spot tonight with a win, however it will not be an easy task. When these teams match up it is always close, I expect this one to be another one goal game. However, if the Caps can get out to an early lead at home, they might just take all the confidence out of this desperate Hurricanes team.
Game 2: Nashville Predators, Friday, March 18, 7 EST.
As of Tuesday, the Predators are a safe nine points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche for a playoff spot. However, with the Blackhawks starting to slump, the Predators may be looking to pounce. They sit only five points back out of the third spot in the Central Division. They may be looking to make a run for that spot.
In these two upcoming games, it is important that the Caps feed off the Verizon Center crowd early. If the Caps start out slow, and allow the first goal, the fans could go into the “here we go again” mentality and be quiet the whole game. Hopefully with a less heavy game week, the Caps can get back on track and fix these slow starts before the playoffs.