11: The number of points between SE Division leading Canes (who have 35 points) and the Caps.
5: The number of points between the Thrashers/Ning and the Caps. The Thrasher and Ning hold the number two and three spots in the SE division.
46: Points for the league leading Detroit Red Wings.
8:The number of points between the Caps and Philly/Pittsburgh/Montreal, who respectively hold slots 6-8 in the Eastern Conference.
92: The points the Islanders needed to slip into the final Eastern conference playoff slot last season.
92:The number of points the Caps will have if they win 2/3 of their remaining games.
52: The number of games the Caps have left this season.
NOTE: A pertinent comment from one of Tarik's chats:
National Cathedral: So what is the magic number for the Caps to get into the 8th spot this year 42? Also are there any mile stones they need to hit along way...win 13 of the next 22 and stats wise they are in (this is just an example of what I am looking for, that stat doesn't make sense I understand)...
Tarik El-Bashir: I would think they would need 40 or more wins and 92 or more points. The key for the Caps this year is to go as close to .500 on the road as possible.