Over the past several weeks Coach Bruce Boudreau and several Capitals players have said that whether they finish first overall in the Eastern Conference matters little to them. That doesn’t mean they wouldn’t like to finish there if at all possible. Given how little that accolade meant at the end of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs a season ago, Boudreau was asked what he thought about chasing the top spot this year.

“It’s just as easy to go for number one as it is to go for number five. So you might as well shoot for the top right?” Boudreau said. “If your expectations are when you start are just to make the top eight -- ‘Oh if we sneak in at eight we can still win’-- I think your expectations are too low.”

--Several Capitals’ forwards are fighting to make sure they’re in the lineup every day when the playoffs begin.

--Dan Steinberg finds out more about Alex Ovechkin’s meet and greet weekend with Michelle Obama and Lil Wayne.

--Brooks Laich was on Elliot in the Morning yesterday. [Audio]

--On the impact of veterans Mike Knuble and Jason Arnott. [Japers’ Rink]

--Leafs fans may have owner envy. [Toronto Star]