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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs schedule released

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs schedule released

The Capitals's quest for the 2017 Stanley Cup begins now.

On Sunday, the Capitals closed out the 2016-17 NHL regular-season against the Florida Panthers, and following results earlier in the day, learned that they will be facing the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

You can watch every game of the Capitals vs. Maple Leafs series on CSN Mid-Atlantic (Channel Finder), which begins on Thursday, April 13 at Verizon Center.

The Capitals and Maple Leads have never met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.The winner of the Capitals vs. Maple Leafs series will go on to face the winner of the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets first-round series in the Eastern Conference quartefinals.

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Here is the Capitals vs. Maple Leafs first round schedule.

Capitals vs. Maple Leafs 2017 First Round Schedule

Game 1: Maple Leafs at Capitals. Thursday, April 13. 7:00 p.m. (CSN)

Game 2: Maple Leafs at Capitals. Saturday, April 15. 7:00 p.m. (CSN)

Game 3: Capitals at Maple Leafs. Monday, April 17. 7:00 p.m. (CSN)

Game 4: Capitals at Maple Leafs. Wednesday, April 19. 7:00 p.m. (CSN)

Game 5 (If Necessary): Maple Leafs at Capitals. Friday, April 21. Time TBD (CSN)

Game 6 (If Necessary): Capitals at Maple Leafs. Sunday, April 23. Time TBD. (TBD)

Game 7 (If Necessary): Maple Leafs at Capitals. Tuesday, April 25. Time TBD. (CSN)

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EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets:
Game 1: Blue Jackets at Penguins. Wednesday, April 12. 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 2: Blue Jackets at Penguins. Friday, April 14. 7:00 p.m. ET
Game 3: Penguins at Blue Jackets. Sunday, April 16. 6:00 p.m. ET
Game 4: Penguins at Blue Jackets. Tuesday, April 18. 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 5 (If Necessary): Blue Jackets at Penguins. Thursday, April 20, Time TBD
Game 6 (If Necessary): Penguins at Blue Jackets. Sunday, April 23. Time TBD
Game 7 (If Necessary): Blue Jackets at Penguins. Tuesday, April 25. Time TBD

Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers:
Game 1: Rangers at Canadiens. Wednesday, April 12. 7:00 p.m. ET
Game 2: Rangers at Canadiens. Friday, April 14. 7:00 p.m. ET
Game 3: Canadiens at Rangers. Sunday, April 16. 7:00 p.m. ET
Game 4: Canadiens at Rangers. Tuesday, April 18. 7:00 p.m. ET
Game 5 (If Necessary): Rangers at Canadiens. Thursday, April 20, Time TBD
Game 6 (If Necessary): Canadiens at Rangers. Saturday, April 22. Time TBD
Game 7 (If Necessary): Rangers at Canadiens. Monday, April 24. Time TBD

Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins:
Game 1: Bruins at Senators. Wednesday, April 12. 7:00 p.m. ET
Game 2: Bruins at Senators. Saturday, April 15. 3:00 p.m. ET
Game 3: Senators at Bruins. Monday, April 17. 7:00 p.m. ET
Game 4: Senators at Bruins, Wednesday, April 19. 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 5 (If Necessary): Bruins at Senators. Friday, April 21. Time TBD
Game 6 (If Necessary): Senators at Bruins. Sunday, April 23. Time TBD
Game 7 (If Necessary): Bruins at Senators. Wednesday, April 26. Time TBD

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Want to witness history? Why Saturday's game is a good bet for Alex Ovechkin to score 700

Want to witness history? Why Saturday's game is a good bet for Alex Ovechkin to score 700

Alex Ovechkin is capable of scoring any time against any team, but if you're trying to pinpoint when history could happen and see goal No. 700, there are plenty of reasons to be watching Saturday's marquee matchup against the New Jersey Devils (1 p.m., NBC Sports Washington).

In three games this season, Ovechkin has scored four times against New Jersey. On Jan. 16, he was bloodied by a high stick from Miles Wood and left for the locker room returning before the first period was up and scored twice. He did not just get mad, he got even and completed the hat trick in the third period.

Head coach Alain Nasreddine did not reveal who his starter would be in net on Friday, but it will be either MacKenzie Blackwood or Cory Schneider. Keep your fingers crossed for Schneider.

Schneider has not played an NHL game since Jan. 18 and was recalled from the AHL on Thursday most likely because Louis Domingue is headed out of town in a trade and the team wanted to protect the asset. Schneider has a 4.65 GAA and .852 save percentage in nine games. Ovechkin has also had plenty of success against him in the past, scoring eight times against the Devils netminder. He has only managed one goal on Blackwood, but it came this season on Dec. 12, 2019.

Ovechkin has a history of success against the Devils. In 56 games against New Jersey, Ovechkin scored in 22 of them. He has 29 total goals including two of his 28 career hat tricks against the Devils.

New Jersey ranks 30th in the NHL in goals against and, although they have improved in that area since Jan. 1, they still rank 21st in that time keeping the puck out of the net.

Add in the fact that the trade deadline firesale has already begun with the Devils shipping out Blake Coleman and captain Andy Greene in the past week, as well as Taylor Hall back in December, and this may be a team not ready to stop Ovechkin's march to history.

With Ovechkin on the verge of 700, there's no doubt that Saturday's marquee matchup (1 p.m., NBC Sports Washington) is one you won't want to miss.

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Alex Ovechkin's son, Sergei, makes an appearance during Capitals practice

Alex Ovechkin's son, Sergei, makes an appearance during Capitals practice

The Capitals had a special guest during their morning skate on Friday.

Alex Ovechkin's son, Sergei, got to pay his father a visit at the Medstar Capitals Iceplex.

Ovechkin carried his one-year-old around the ice and even put him down on the ice to practice his skills. Sergei had a mini stick of his own, almost like he was ready to play if needed.

No word yet on whether Sergei plans on declaring for the upcoming NHL draft, but the kid has already got some skills--and not to mention pretty good genes.

If you were having a bad day, this moment between Ovechkin and his son will certainly cheer you up!

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