Les Capitales de Québec have not yet uncorked the bottles of champagne, but they are undoubtedly ready, very close to their locker room at Stade Canac, they who need only one result in their favor to be crowned Eastern Division Champions.
With six games to play in their season, one a day, from Tuesday to Sunday, the Old Capital team has a six-game priority over its two closest pursuers, the Sussex County Miners and the Ottawa Titans.
This means that a single victory for the Capitals or a defeat for the Miners and the Titans in the coming days will guarantee Patrick Scalabrini's men to avoid a suicide match between the second and third of each section, in order to access the playoffs.
The Capitals could help their own cause in the second half of the week, if the title is still not acquired at this time, since they will face the Titans, starting on Friday. They will first face the New Jersey Jackals, the moment of three games.
For their part, the Titans will receive a visit from the Aigles de Trois-Rivières before making the trip to Stade Canac. Finally, the Miners will take on the Tri-City ValleyCats before wrapping up their campaign against the Jackals.
More work for home-court advantage in the playoffs
< p>Manager Patrick Scalabrini had mentioned that he didn't pay particular attention to the rankings a week ago. He could watch it once or twice more in the coming week, however, as the Capitals will have a heated battle with the Washington Wild Things for the top spot in the overall standings.
Finish ahead of their rivals from the U.S. Capital would be especially important in the playoffs, as it would secure home-court advantage for the Capitals throughout the postseason dance. The Belle Province team has a slight advantage heading into the home stretch, with a record of 58-32, against a record of 56-34 for their competitors.
Like the “ Caps,” Washington has a virtually insurmountable lead in the West, with a five-and-a-half game priority. The Wild Things, however, are going through a losing streak, having lost in each of their last five games.
They will end their season with a series of three games against the Evansville Otters and the Thunderbolts of Windy City.