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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017: NHL playoff bracket projection

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017: NHL playoff bracket projection

UPDATE: Click here for the latest NHL Playoff projections following the Saturday night results

With two games reaming on the 2016-17 schedule for the Capitals, the Eastern Conference playoff picture is far from decided.

The Bruins, who host the Capitals in the penultimate game of the regular season, sit at 44-30-7, and one of several teams that could potentially face the Capitals in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, sitting at 39-26-15, are currently slotted in to face the Capitals in the first round, but with two games left, anything could happen.

The Tampa Bay Lightning sit at 40-30-10 and still have a shot to bounce the Maple Leafs with wins over The Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres if the Maple Leafs finish the season 0-2.

The Bruins (95 points) have just one game remaining, their home game on Saturday vs. the Capitals.

The Maple Leafs (93 points) have games against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins remaining on their schedule. The Maple Leafs would need to pick up wins against two of the best teams in the NHL to avoid playing the Capitals in the first round.

In all, the Capitals could potentially play the Bruins, Maple Leafs, Lightning, Senators or Islanders.

Here is how the 2017 NHL Playoff Bracket looks as the league heads into the final weekend of play.

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2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Bracket Projection

Eastern Conference (As of Friday 4/7):

1M Washington Capitals (116pts) vs. WC2 Toronto Maple Leafs (93pts)

2M Pittsburgh Penguins (111pts)  vs. 3M Columbus Blue Jackets (106pts)

1A Montreal Canadiens (101pts) vs. WC1 New York Rangers 100pts)

2A Ottawa Senators (96pts) vs. 3A Boston Bruins (95pts)

Western Conference (As of Friday 4/7):

1C Chicago Blackhawks (108pts) vs. WC2 Nashville Predators (94pts)

2C Minnesota Wild (104pts) vs. 3C St. Louis Blues (95pts)

1P Anaheim Ducks (103pts) vs. WC1 Calgary Flames (94pts)

2P Edmonton Oilers (99pts) vs. 3P San Jose Sharks (97pts)

 

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How the Caps won their first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets

How the Caps won their first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets

Things did not look good for the Capitals after two games.

Facing a 0-2 series hole after losing both games in Washington, it looked like it could be an early summer. The Caps were going to be the first team to ever lose a series in the playoffs to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

HOW DID THE CAPS WIN THEIR SERIES AGAINST COLUMBUS? FIND OUT HERE

But the Caps rallied.

Washington won the next four games and turned what looked like it would be another postseason disaster into a postseason triumph.

Only once in franchise history had the Caps rallied from a 0-2 deficit and only once had the Caps won four straight games to win a series. They managed both against the Blue Jackets.

Here's how the Caps were able to rally to a first-round victory over Columbus.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018: Capitals vs. Penguins schedule, date, time, TV channel, how to watch

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018: Capitals vs. Penguins schedule, date, time, TV channel, how to watch

The Capitals and Penguins face off in the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference semifinals, marking the third consecutive season the two Metro Division rivals have met in the playoffs.

In each of the previous seasons, the Penguins eliminated the Capitals and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, winning it both times. The Capitals have beaten the Penguins in a playoff series just once in ten attempts dating back to 1991.

The Capitals and Penguins split the regular-season series 2-2, with both teams picking up wins at home and on the road. The Capitals outscored the Penguins 13-12 over the course of the four regular-season games. 

The Capitals vs. Penguins 2018 NHL Playoff series will begin on Thursday, April 24 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. E.T.

Pregame coverage of the Capitals vs. Penguins on NBC Sports Washington begins an hour before puck-drop with Caps FaceOff, followed by Caps GameTime.

Caps Extra follows each playoff game with Caps OverTime after that. 

Stream Pre- and postgame coverage of Capitals vs. Penguins Game 1 on NBC Sports Washington.

Game 2 information has yet to be released.

CAPITALS vs. PENGUINS 2018 NHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Game 1: Penguins at Capitals
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 2: Penguins at Capitals
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 3: Capitals at Penguins
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Penn.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 4: Capitals at Penguins
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Penn.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 5 (If Necessary): Penguins at Capitals
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBC (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 6 (If Necessary): Capitals at Penguins
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Penn.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 7 (If necessary): Penguins at Capitals
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)