Analysis: With two players tallying more than 100 points and two more with at least 75, Washington seems to be the prohibitive favorite after its most prolific season in franchise history. Alex Ovechkin eclipsed the 50-goal mark for the fourth time and Nicklas Backstrom followed him to 100 points as the Capitals scored more than 3.8 goals per game. That''s about half a goal more than anyone else in the league. The only question at this point is who will be between the pipes. The Capitals haven''t announced whether they''ll go with Jose Theodore or Semyon Varlamov in net to start the playoffs. However, with their offense, it may not matter.
Analysis: Only the Canadiens might have backed into the playoffs more than Philly. Montreal didn''t even need a victory to clinch a spot, gaining a point from an overtime loss in their regular season finale. That closed out a three-game losing streak to end the year and gave Montreal its eighth loss in the last 11 games. Nothing flashy, to say the least. Tomas Plekanec posted the best season of his career with 70 points, but if Montreal has a surprise in store, it''ll probably come from the veterans. In his first year in Montreal, Brian Gionta scored 28 goals, the most he''s tallied in five years. And Scott Gomez ranked second on the team in points.
Player of the series: Capitals - Alex Ovechkin (4 goals, 2 assists)
Winning Percentage of 2001 Simulations: Capitals 96.78% - Canadiens 3.22%