The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals face off in Saturday night's season finale at Madison Square Garden, and could be back there again next week to meet in the first round of the playoffs for a second straight year.
While the Rangers are still playing for the Presidents' Trophy, the Capitals have more at stake and their goalie situation is suddenly a big concern.
Washington (41-32-8) clinched a playoff berth with Thursday's 4-2 win over Florida, coupled with Philadelphia beating Buffalo to eliminate the Sabres from contention. Alex Ovechkin scored his team-leading 37th goal for the Capitals, who won for the third time in four games since a devastating 5-1 home loss to Buffalo on March 27.
"To learn to win in these big games it's going to benefit us in the playoffs," forward Jay Beagle said. "These last two weeks we've been grinding out these wins and we've got to carry it over to the playoffs."
The Capitals are in eighth place and will stay there with a loss to the East...