WHERE THEY'LL FINISH
The Capitals will continue to make teams that take them lightly pay for their arrogance. But that won't happen all that often. Washington once again will occupy the basement in the Southeast and 14th in the East.
BUZZ FACTORStock down. Attendance has been flagging at the MCI Center since the Caps' collapse during the 2003 playoffs, and with no hope of making the playoffs in the forseeable future, that's not going to change dramatically even with the game's best young player in the lineup.