Preview: Wild at Capitals

The Capitals must also avoid becoming complacent as it leads Dallas by 10 points for the league’s top record, the New York Rangers by 16 in the Metropolitan Division and Florida by 15 in the Eastern Conference. “I don’t think we’re going to allow that to happen,” Washington defenseman Brooks Orpik told reporters. “Maybe I’m naive, maybe it’s creeping in a little bit. It’s one of those things where you have to stay focused. … Take your foot off the gas, it’s tough to all of a sudden turn the switch back on for the playoff.” Minnesota lost at Philadelphia 3-2 on Thursday – their second straight setback – to remain four points behind Colorado for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference with two games in hand on the Avalanche. The Wild fell to 4-2 under interim coach John Torchetti, who took over from Mike Yeo on Feb. 13 after a eight-game losing streak, and have lost seven straight versus Metropolitan teams (0-6-1).<BR><BR><STRONG>TV: </STRONG>7 p.m. ET, FSN North, FSN Wisconsin (Minnesota), CSN DC (Washington)

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