There are six games remaining, and neither their Stanley Cup playoff seed nor their opponent is set yet.
But the Capitals are fine with that. They have entered the postseason before as the red-hot underdog and as the reigning Presidents' Trophy winner. Neither scenario worked out so well. So whatever fate has in store for Washington this spring is fine. All the Caps want is to be healthy when the real games begin in a little more than two weeks.
There are still plenty of questions there, however. Forwards Alex Ovechkin (undisclosed injury) and Jason Arnott (lower-body injury) skated at practice for the first time in two weeks. Both hope to play in a game by the weekend. But there are no guarantees.
"I'm just skating over there and seeing if it bothers me or not," Ovechkin said. "It's not bothering me. I think I'm ready to go. ... Everybody wants to be 100 percent. Again, right now it's time to recover best from what happened to you."
Meanwhile, defenseman Mike Green (concussion) admitted he still has symptoms "here and there" but said he is progressing steadily. There is still no timetable for his return, though Green hopes he can get a game or two in before the playoffs start.
Capitals hope to get Ovechkin, Arnott and Green back for playoffs
Washington Examiner | Mar 29