The Washington Capitals knocked the Boston Bruins out of last year's playoffs, and now they have a chance to put a dent in their chances for a Northeast Division title.
Washington looks to head into the postseason on a high note Saturday night when they host a Boston team seeking consistency down the stretch.
The Capitals (26-18-3) wrapped up their fifth Southeast Division championship in six years with Tuesday's 5-3 win over Winnipeg and will be the No. 3 seed when the Eastern Conference playoffs begin next week.
Coach Adam Oates didn't discount the fact his team may have played more relaxed in a 2-1 overtime loss to Ottawa on Thursday, though he's confident the players will be ready for the regular-season finale.
"You want to bring your 'A' game because the game is still very fast," Oates said. "You don't want anyone to get hurt because you're not checked into the game as much as you should be. You don't want to let your game slide."
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