The role of favorites has not helped the Capitals in previous years. This spring, they face the Bruins as heavy underdogs.
The Capitals will face the Bruins in the playoffs for the first time since 1998.
The Capitals finish with the seventh seed and are expected to open the first round of the playoffs in Boston on Thursday.
Capitals coach Dale Hunter was vague when asked about the severity of Michal Neuvirth's injury.