Since they rose to prominence in the 2007-08 season, the Capitals have heard all the talk.

That winning five South-least Division titles in six years was a lot like winning a bunch of Biggest Loser competitions.

The Capitals went 15-3-0 against their Southeast Division rivals this season and 12-15-3 against the rest of the Eastern Conference.

Next season they’ll be moved into a yet-to-be-named division with the Penguins, Flyers, Rangers, Devils, Islanders, Hurricanes and Blue Jackets. This season the Caps went 8-10-2 against six of those seven teams [they did not face the Blue Jackets].

“It’s going to be different,” Capitals left wing Jason Chimera said. “We’re going to have a tough division next season, tough to get out, for sure.”

As part of the 2013-14 realignment the top three teams in each division will qualify for the playoffs, along with the two teams with the next highest point totals.

Caps general manager George McPhee pointed out that that the Caps would have made this year’s playoffs regardless of what division they played in and he’s right.

But the Caps were the only team from the Southeast Division to qualify for the post-season, while four teams from the Northeast and three from the Atlantic got in.