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UPDATE: The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff bracket is officially set. Click here

The final day of the 2016-17 NHL season is here, which means the Stanley Cup Playoff picture is coming into focus. The Capitals are all set, having clinched home-ice advantage, the Metropolitan Division title and the President's Trophy.

But they still don't know who their first-round opponent will be. That's because the Toronto Maple Leafs still have one game left, and the result could impact who the Capitals play in the first round.

The Capitals play the Florida Panthers at 7:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, and by the time the game ends, they will know who their opponent is.

That's because the Maple Leafs face the Columbus Blue Jackets at 6:00 p.m. ET.

Here is what we know: The Maple Leafs (40-26-15, 95pts) and Boston Bruins (44-31-7, 95pts) have clinched spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

We also know that the New York Islanders (40-29-12, 92pts) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (31-30-10, 92pts) have been eliminated from the playoff race.

The Capitals, Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers are all locked into their playoff seeds.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF SCENARIOS

If the Maple Leafs win or take the game into overtime, the Capitals will face the Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Maple Leafs will face the Ottawa Senators.

 

If the Blue Jackets beat the Maple Leafs, the Capitals will face the Maple Leafs in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Bruins will play the Senators.

2017 NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF BRACKET PROJECTION

Eastern Conference (As of Saturday night 4/8):

1M Washington Capitals (118pts) vs. WC2 Boston Bruins (95pts)

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

1A Montreal Canadiens (103pts) vs. WC1 New York Rangers 100pts)

2A Ottawa Senators (98pts) vs. 3A Toronto Maple Leafs (95pts)

Western Conference (As of Saturday night 4/8):

1C Chicago Blackhawks (109pts) vs. WC2 Nashville Predators (94pts)

2C Minnesota Wild (104pts) vs. 3C St. Louis Blues (97pts)

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

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

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