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NHL Announces 2018 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals Schedule

Caps will host Blue Jackets in Game 1 on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Arena

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

The National Hockey League announced today two scenarios for the dates of the 2018 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference quarterfinals schedule between the Washington Capitals and the Columbus Blue Jackets based on the outcome of tonight's Florida Panthers-Boston Bruins game at 7:30 p.m. ET. Washington will host Game 1 on Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Arena. Broadcast information will be announced later tonight. Click here to purchase tickets to all First Round playoff games at Capital One Arena

Washington will host Game 1, Game 2 and if necessary, Game 5 and Game 7 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Capitals finished the 2017-18 season with a record of 49-26-7 and first place in the Metropolitan Division, their third-straight division title. No other team within the Metropolitan Division has won the division more than once since its inception in 2013. Additionally, Washington finished the campaign with 105 points, their fourth straight season with at least 100 points. That's the first time in franchise history the Capitals have earned at least 100 points in four consecutive seasons and seventh time in the last 10 campaigns, tying the Chicago Blackhawks (7) for most 100-point seasons since 2008-09. The Capitals qualified for the playoffs for the 28th time in franchise history and the 10th time in the last 11 seasons.                                                                                                                                  

Washington and Columbus met four times this season, with Washington posting a 3-1-0 record. This marks the first time the Capitals and Blue Jackets will meet in the postseason. Washington holds a 22-8-1-4 record all-time against Columbus. The Capitals have earned a point in 12 of their last 14 games (10-2-2) and 21 of their last 26 games (17-5-4) against the Blue Jackets.

The Capitals will hold an optional skate on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Participating players will be available to the media in the Capitals locker room.

The following is the complete Capitals playoff schedule in the Washington/Baltimore area for the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Columbus Blue Jackets:

 

If Tampa Bay wins the Atlantic Division

Date                          Time (ET)              #1 Washington vs. #4 Columbus              

Thursday, April 12         7:30 p.m.          Columbus at Washington         

Sunday, April 15           7:30 p.m.          Columbus at Washington         

Tuesday, April 17          7:30 p.m.          Washington at Columbus         

Thursday, April 19         7:30 p.m.          Washington at Columbus         

*Saturday, April 21        TBD                 Columbus at Washington         

*Monday, April 23         TBD                 Washington at Columbus         

*Wednesday, April 25   TBD                 Columbus at Washington

 

 

If Boston wins the Atlantic Division

Date                          Time (ET)              #1 Washington vs. #4 Columbus              

Thursday, April 12         7:30 p.m.          Columbus at Washington         

Sunday, April 15           3 p.m.               Columbus at Washington         

Tuesday, April 17          7 p.m.               Washington at Columbus         

Thursday, April 19         7:30 p.m.          Washington at Columbus         

*Saturday, April 21        TBD                 Columbus at Washington         

*Monday, April 23         TBD                 Washington at Columbus         

*Wednesday, April 25   TBD                 Columbus at Washington         

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