The Washington Capitals are back in first place in the Southeast Division, and a visit from the Winnipeg Jets could help them stay there.
The Capitals will try to maintain their divisional lead by continuing their home dominance of the Jets on Thursday night.
Washington (28-21-4) moved one point ahead of Florida as Tomas Vokoun posted his second shutout in three games Tuesday. Vokoun stopped 42 shots against his former team, and Alex Ovechkin scored twice in the 4-0 victory over the Panthers.
"We knew what was on the line tonight," coach Dale Hunter said. "These are four-point games, playoff games, and we're battling with Florida."
The Capitals will battle to stay in first place again Thursday while the Panthers are hosting Los Angeles. Washington, though, might have an advantage with the Jets (25-24-6) visiting the Verizon Center.
The Capitals have won 10 of the past 11 home games against that franchise, including a 4-3 overtime victory Nov. 23. Vokoun stopped 22 shots to outd...