ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will face the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2016 NHL Playoffs. The Capitals lead the NHL with a 55-17-8 (118 points) record this season and captured their second Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history (2009-10). Washington has set franchise records in wins and road wins (26) this season. In addition the Capitals reached the 100-point mark for the second consecutive season (2014-15: 101 points) and the ninth time in team history. Washington qualified for the playoffs for the 26th time in franchise history and the eighth time in the last nine seasons.
This is the fifth time the Capitals and Flyers have met in the postseason and the first playoff meeting between the teams since 2008. Washington defeated the Flyers in seven games in the 1988 playoffs and swept Philadelphia in a best-of-five series in the 1984 playoffs.
The Capitals and Flyers met four times this season, with Washington posting a 2-0-2 record. Washington has secured home ice advantage for the duration of the playoffs and games 1, 2, 5* and 7* will be played at Verizon Center (* - if necessary).
Evgeny Kuznetsov led the Capitals with five points (5a) in four games against the Flyers this season and Justin Williams earned four points (1g, 3a) in four games against Philadelphia. Alex Ovechkin scored two goals against the Flyers this season and has registered 48 points (31g, 17a) in 41 career games against Philadelphia. Nicklas Backstrom scored two goals against the Flyers this season and has earned 44 points (14g, 30a) in 34 career games against Philadelphia, marking the fourth-most points he has earned against an NHL franchise in his career. Braden Holtby posted a 2-0-2 record against Philadelphia this season with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.
Ovechkin is making his eighth career playoff appearance and has registered 70 points (36g, 34a) in 72 career playoff games. The Moscow native sits three points shy of passing Dale Hunter (72) for first place on the Capitals franchise playoff points list. Ovechkin tallied nine points (4g, 5a) in seven games against the Flyers in the 2008 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Backstrom has earned 51 points (18g, 33a) in 71 career playoff games and recorded six points (4g, 2a) in seven games against Philadelphia in the 2008 playoffs. Braden Holtby has posted a 1.92 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage in his career in the postseason.
Tickets for the first three home games of the Washington Capitals 2016 Playoffs presented by Boeing are available by calling 1-800-745-3000, on WashingtonCaps.com, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Verizon Center box office. Game dates, times and opponents will be announced by the NHL at a later date and information on tickets for future home games will be made available as games are confirmed. Additional all-inclusive ticket packages are available in the Capitals Rinkside Club, the Budweiser Brew House and the Draft Ops Fantasy Lounge.
Washington Capitals fans are encouraged to make their ticket purchases directly from the team. Only tickets purchased through the team are guaranteed to be valid. Fans can purchase their tickets through any Ticketmaster sales channel listed above and also through NHL Ticket Exchange. NHL Ticket Exchange is the only guaranteed secondary ticket reseller, and all tickets purchased on NHL Ticket Exchange are verified by Ticketmaster.
For more information on Capitals tickets contact 202-266-CAPS or visit WashingtonCaps.com.