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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017: NHL playoff bracket projection

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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)