Apr. 1 vs. N.Y. Islanders: Sadly, Donald Brashear only got two minutes for this, thus keeping him from perhaps the fastest two-thirds of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick in NHL history:
Perhaps The Donald will take another shot at it tonight.
Apr. 3 vs. Buffalo: Alex Ovechkin and Danny Briere may have reinvigorated a bit of a rivalry between the Caps and Sabres, but this may have been the most entertaining moment in the teams' shared history:
Here's hoping Ovechkin can get Ryan Miller to throw his blocker at him.
Apr. 5 vs. Atlanta: A four-game homestand ends with a visit by the Thrashers in the regular season home finale. It's the first of two against Atlanta, and the last time the Caps and Thrashers played a home-and-home series (October 7 and 8, 2005), the Thrash won the two games (Ovechkin's second and third in the League) by a combined score of 15-4. Nearly four full seasons later, it will be interesting to see how the fortunes of these two teams have changed and how these two games pan out.
Apr. 7 @ Atlanta: The Caps begin their three-game, season-ending road trip through the dregs of the Southeast in Atlanta. Last season, the Caps hit these three teams on the same road trip twice, and had a 4-1-1 record in those games, losing to Atlanta (in a shootout) and Florida. They'll likely need success on this trip to bolster playoff positioning.
Apr. 9 @ Tampa Bay: For the third consecutive month, the Caps visit the two Florida teams for consecutive games. We noted how unkind that back-to-back has been since the lockout, so thanks to the schedule-makers for that. Perhaps more importantly, this would be a perfect game for the last one of Olie Kolzig's career, wouldn't it?
Apr. 11 @ Florida: The last game of the regular season against Florida... brings back nice memories, doesn't it?
Game of the Month: Game Four of the first round of the playoffs*.
* Subject to change