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Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Playoffs 2017: 3 bold predictions for Game 1

Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Playoffs 2017: 3 bold predictions for Game 1

Did you think the bold predictions would stop with the regular season?

You were wrong, my friends!

The Washington Capitals start their quest for the Stanley Cup on Thursday with Game 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CSN).

Here are three bold predictions for the game.

1. Washington will be outshot in the first period

I am expecting this game to start out similarly to what we saw in the Columbus-Pittsburgh game on Wednesday. An inexperienced Blue Jackets team came out swinging and outshot the Penguins 16-3 in Pittsburgh. I don’t anticipate this one being that lopsided, but I will not be surprised to see a young Toronto team chomping at the bit to come out and play a strong first period. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if they scored first either.

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2. Alex Ovechkin will score

Ovechkin isn’t playing around this season. He knows what’s at stake and he wants to win a Cup. He already is nearly a point-per-game producer in the postseason. Add in the fact that he is playing against a shaky Maple Leafs defense, he will find a way to get on the board.

3. Washington will give up two or fewer power plays

If you were looking for a weakness to this Caps team, penalties are it. No team in the NHL has taken more penalties since Jan. 1 than Washington. Toronto boasts the second-best power play in the league. Staying out of the box will be a focus for the Caps and, luckily for them, the refs tend to swallow the whistles in the postseason. Washington won’t spend much time in the box in Game 1.

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Capitals' Lars Eller shares picture of his second child, Alexander

Capitals' Lars Eller shares picture of his second child, Alexander

Capitals' forward Lars Eller departed the NHL bubble on Wednesday to be with his wife, Julie, for the birth of his second child. A few days later, the couple welcomed their first son into the family.

Eller shared a photo on Instagram on Saturday of himself holding his son, Alexander, and it's quite adorable.

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The couple already has one child together already, a daughter named Sophia.

The forward wasn't the only D.C. athlete to share exciting baby news on Saturday, as Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner announced that he and his wife are expecting their first child together in February.

Eller has stated he plans to return to the Capitals following the birth of his son, but it's unclear when he will return. Once he does return to Toronto, however, he must undergo a specific NHL-mandated quarantine before he's cleared to play again.

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How to Watch: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins

How to Watch: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins

The Washington Capitals take on the Boston Bruins noon on Sunday as the finale of their round-robin play.

With both teams looking for their first win since the restart, there will be key seeding at stake. If the Caps win, they finish third and will play the Islanders in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. If the Caps lose, they'll finish fourth and go up against the Hurricanes. 

You're not going to want to miss this one. Here's how to watch. 

CAPITALS vs. BRUINS HOW TO WATCH 

What: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins
Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada 
When: 12:00 PM ET 
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Bruins will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus
Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Flyers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

CAPITALS vs. FLYERS TV SCHEDULE

11:00 AM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)

12:00 PM: Capitals vs. Bruins (LIVE)

2:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)

CAPITALS vs. BRUINS WHAT TO WATCH 

While this postseason bubble format has been a joy to consume after four months without any hockey, it isn't anything that should be continued. That's what the winless Capitals should be thinking, that is, of course, unless the Caps make another far postseason run. 

As the last contest that won't result in a step closer to going home if the Caps lose, Washington's possible opponents have become clearer. Also, while long-time rivals Pittsburgh got eliminated from the postseason, they somehow have a chance at the top overall pick in the NHL draft. 

Look out for an intense Caps squad to come out playoff-ready against these Bruins. 

CAPITALS vs. BRUINS PLAYERS TO WATCH 

Evgeny Kuznetsov (63 games, 19 goals, 33 assists, 52 points): Kuznetsov was benched in the third period against the Flyers, so the Capitals will need a reinvigorated Kuzy to get going against Boston's physical defense. When Kuznetsov is on top of his game, he's a joy to watch and his offensive quality will be needed Sunday. 

Patrice Bergeron (61 games, 31 goals, 25 assists, 56 points): Bergeron notched an assist in Boston's 3-2 loss against Tampa Bay, but the veteran 35-year-old center still has more in the tank and could be key to foiling Washington's final round-robin game. 

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