by Chuck Carroll

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Even if the Washington Capitals go undefeated in the final four games of the season, the chances of Adam Oates’ club sneaking into the playoffs is less than 50-50.

The Caps have a 36.2 percent chance of making the postseason if they can achieve an unblemished record for the remainder of the year, according to Sports Club Stats.

That would be no easy feat as three of Washington’s opponents are playoff teams. And only two of the contests are being played at the Verizon Center.

The chances of Washington back-dooring their way into the postseason drop to 11.8 percent if they go 3-0-1 down the stretch. A single loss would put already dismal hopes on life support as a 3-1 record would drop their chances to just 2.3 percent.

Rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov kept the Capitals faint chances alive on Saturday with the lone goal in a shootout against the New York Islanders, lifting Washington to a 4-3 win.

Kuznetsov scored in regulation and had the only goal in the shootout to lift the Capitals to a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday and keep Washington’s flickering playoff hopes alive.

Washington can be eliminated from postseason contention Tuesday with a loss in regulation against the St. Louis Blues coupled with a Columbus Blue Jackets win over the Phoenix Coyotes and if the Detroit Red Wings get a point against the Buffalo Sabres, according to Sky Kerstein.


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