The NHL's top-two teams from the regular season, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, will meet in the Second Round of the playoffs for the second-straight year. Game One is scheduled for this Thursday, April 27 at 7:30PM at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and it will be nationally broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
Game Two is Saturday, April 29 at 8:00PM at the Verizon Center. That contest will be aired on NBC.
The Penguins get their first chance to defend home ice in the Second Round when the series shifts to PPG Paints Arena for Game Three on Monday, May 1 at 7:30PM on NBC Sports Network.
Tickets for Games 3 and 4 at PPG Paints Arena are on sale now. Fans are encouraged to purchase at ticketmaster.com, but tickets are also available at the DICK'S Sporting Goods Box Office at PPG Paints Arena or by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000.
Game Four at PPG Paints Arena will be Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30PM, and that contest can also be viewed on NBC Sports Network.
This year, the home team won all four meetings between the Penguins and Capitals in the regular season. Both teams finished with a league-best 66 home points, with the Capitals earning a league-high 32 home wins, and the Penguins ranking second with 31 home victories.
The Pens and Caps are meeting in the playoffs for the 10th time. Last year, the Penguins defeated the Capitals, 4-2, in the Second Round. Three of Pittsburgh's four wins came on home ice, including the series-clinching 4-3 victory in Game Six when the Penguins' Nick Bonino tallied in overtime.
Here is the complete series schedule (*If necessary):