Win an they’re in.  It’s that simple for the Capitals.

Washington and Buffalo are tied with 88 points in the Eastern Conference, but the Caps hold the tie breaker with a greater win total and regulation/overtime wins.  It’s in their hands.

Caps forward Brooks Laich isn’t worried.  “We’re making the playoffs,” he told The Sports Junkies this morning.  “We’re not talking worst-case scenario.  We’re making the playoffs.”

The task won’t be easy.  Washington faces the division leading Florida Panthers on Thursday and wrap the season in New York against the Rangers on Saturday.