With a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils Tuesday, the New York Rangers won the Presidents' Trophy for the NHL's top regular season record and earned home-ice throughout the playoffs.
The Caps needed the Ottawa Senators to lose on Sunday night in order to clinch a playoff berth and the Senators obliged with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Now that the Capitals have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the seventh time in eight years, who do you want them to face in the first round?
Let’s do some handicapping.
Really, there was only one goal for the Capitals this season: Get into the Stanley Cup playoffs.