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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017: NHL Playoff bracket projection heading into final day

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017: NHL Playoff bracket projection heading into final day

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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T.J. Oshie likes his chances if given the opportunity to hit a penalty shot to win the Stanley Cup

T.J. Oshie likes his chances if given the opportunity to hit a penalty shot to win the Stanley Cup

T..J Oshie has some experience in clutch moments when the game is on the line and his name is called.

Thursday, his name wasn't listed in a hypothetical poll on Twitter on which player fans would want to take the final shot if the Stanley Cup was on the line. A shocking omission of one of the most legendary shootout players of all-time.

Even with options such as Alex Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, and Patrick Kane, No. 77 insinuated he had a different player in mind.

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Oshie single-handedly defeated Russia at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi over six years ago.

Six times Oshie was sent to the ice in a shootout in a preliminary round match against Russia. He answered the bell four times for another legendary U.S. win over Russia.

Oshie has the fourth-most shootout goals (45) in NHL history, only trailing Kane, (47), Frans Nielsen (49), and Jonathan Toews (50).

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Alex Ovechkin among players contributing to CCM Hockey's donation of surgical masks

Alex Ovechkin among players contributing to CCM Hockey's donation of surgical masks

With surgical masks in short supply because of the coronavirus pandemic, different companies are stepping up to provide masks to the people who need them the most, the healthcare workers. CCM Hockey is among those companies and announced on Wednesday that they will be donating 500,000 surgical masks to healthcare workers.

Several NHL stars are contributing to the donation including Alex Ovechkin.

“By teaming up with our roster of CCM athletes, we will be able to play a role in the collaborative effort to get past this crisis,” CCM CEO Rick Blackshaw said in a statement on their website. “We focused on the best use of our network and our resources to have the quickest impact. Sourcing greatly needed equipment through our established supply chain partners in Asia is the most efficient way for us to support and keep our real heroes safe."

Ovechkin is listed among the players who contributed to the CCM donation.

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The other players listed are Mat Barzal, Patrice Bergeron, Brock Boeser, Dani Cameranesi, Brandon Carlo, Thomas Chabot, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Sidney Crosby, Melodie Daoust, Alex Debrincat, Brianna Decker, Matt Duchene, Matt Dumba, Marc-Andre Fleury, Filip Forsberg, Jake Gardiner, Miro Heiskanen, Filip Hronek, Jonathan Huberdeau, Seth Jones, Nathan Mackinnon, Charlie McAvoy, Connor McDavid, Artemi Panarin, Carey Price, Vladimir Tarasenko, and John Tavares.

“The CCM Pros are men and women of action," Blackshaw said. "It troubles them to feel helpless as they witness the devastating effects of this pandemic. At the core of this great sport, hockey is about courage, commitment to a higher goal, as well as to one another. It is exactly these player qualities and beliefs that will allow us to emerge stronger from this challenge.”

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