With the East’s top seed already clinched,* the Washington Capitals don’t have a ton to play for.
Instead, it’s all about “tuning up,” so in Friday’s case, that means taking on a hot New Jersey Devils team while integrating John Carlson back into the lineup.
You don’t want him to be too rusty, either, so that’s sort of the chance you take.
Caps fans are excited to get him back, no doubt:
* – And let’s be honest, the Presidents’ Trophy pretty close to guaranteed …