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Updated playoff standings following Caps' OT loss to Penguins

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Updated playoff standings following Caps' OT loss to Penguins

Whether the Caps are ready or not, the playoffs are rapidly approaching. Thursday's results across the NHL did not seem to clear much up in terms of who the Caps may face in the first round.

Here are how the Eastern Conference playoff standings look following Thursday's games:

Metropolitan

  1. Washington, 118 points, 2 games remaining
  2. Pittsburgh, 104 points, 1 game remaining
  3. New York Islanders, 99 points, 2 games remaining

Atlantic

  1. Florida, 101 points, 1 game remaining
  2. Tampa Bay, 97 points, 1 game remaining
  3. Detroit, 93 points, 1 game remaining

Wild Card

  1. New York Rangers, 99 points, 1 game remaining
  2. Boston, 93 points, 1 game remaining

In The Hunt: Philadelphia, 92 points, 2 games remaining

With the 4-3 win over Washington, Pittsburgh secured second place in the Metropolitan Division and home ice in the first round of the playoffs. The New York Rangers seemed like their most likely opponent, but a 4-1 loss to the suddenly surging New York Islanders has thrown that in doubt. The Rangers and Islanders now are tied with 99 points. The Islanders have one-game in hand on the Rangers, but the Rangers hold the tiebreaker in terms of regulation and overtime wins (ROW) 42 to 40.

Boston's 5-2 win over Detroit pulls both teams even in the standings with 93 points. The Red Wings hold the tie breaker with a ROW 39-38.

The biggest loser of the night was Philadelphia who dropped a 4-3 overtime result to the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs. That not the type of point you can afford to lose in a race this tight. The loss drops the Flyers one point behind Boston for the final wild card spot.

If the playoffs began tomorrow with these results, the Caps would face the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs, but if Thursday taught us anything, it's that the standings can still change drastically between now and the end of the season.

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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.

The Capitals have beaten the Penguins in a playoff series just once in ten attempts dating back to 1991, and all five of the Penguins' Stanley Cup Championships included series wins over Washington.

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)