Front Royal, Va.: ....Hey Tarik,
...are the playoffs still a possibility, or are we in yet another rebuilding year...at what point do we make management changes?
Tarik El-Bashir: That's a tough question. It's way too early to say that they are completely out of it. But they've dug themselves quite a hole. They've got 13 points and there are six teams between them and a playoff spot. Are all of those teams going to tank? No. In fact, some of them, like Pittsburgh, are going to pick it up at some point. I would have to say it's going to be very difficult for the Caps to make up that ground.
Very difficult?...Here's how difficult. The Caps have 13 points in 18 games. If 92 points is enough to get in, they need 79 points in their remaining 64 games.
That is a 101-point pace over a whole season.
Now, go ahead and repeat the question in your own mind.