Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/30/14
If not for the rule of every division winner automatically making the playoffs, the weak Southeast Division may not have a postseason qualifier among it. The Washington Capitals, though, are doing all they can to prove they belong. Washington looks to extend its winning streak to seven by earning a fifth consecutive home victory over the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. The Southeast winner will eventually be the Eastern Conference's No. 3 playoff seed and have accompanying home-ice advantage in the first round, though that team's point total may not be any better than that of the final postseason qualifiers. The Capitals (22-17-2) currently are atop the division, two points ahead of second-place Winnipeg, in large part because of their surge. They're currently in the midst of their longest winning streak since beginning 2011-12 on a seven-game run and have gone 10-1-1 over their last 12 - a stretch that began with a two-game road sweep of the Jets on March 21 an...
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