The Washington Capitals begin their Stanley Cup journey by facing the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. Here’s the complete schedule.
After some scoreboard watching, the Washington Capitals finally know who they will be facing in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It appeared they would be facing the Boston Bruins, especially after the Caps beat them on Saturday. However, the Toronto Maple Leafs blew a 2-0 lead to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday. This means the Caps will play them instead.
Here’s a complete first round schedule, courtesy of NHL on NBC.
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Game 1: Thursday, April 13 7 p.m. Toronto at Washington USA
Game 2: Saturday, April 15 7 p.m. Toronto at Washington NBCSN
Game 3: Monday, April 17 7 p.m. Washington at Toronto NBCSN
Game 4: Wednesday, April 19 7 p.m. Washington at Toronto NBCSN
Game 5 (if needed): Friday, April 21 TBD Toronto at Washington TBD
Game 6 (if needed): Sunday, April 23 TBD Washington at Toronto TBD
Game 7 (if needed): Tuesday, April 25 TBD Toronto at Washington TBD
The Caps can’t afford to look past the Maple Leafs. They have what it takes to give Washington a legitimate challenge. Toronto has excellent speed. There is perhaps no faster team in the NHL than them. Their forwards are capable of matching the Caps goal for goal. Not many teams can say this.
Washington went 2-1-0 against the Maple Leafs this season. They lost to them in November, but this was on the second leg of games on consecutive nights. In January, Washington fell behind to Toronto but fought back to win in overtime. This was the game which started their streak of home games with at least five goals.
In March, the Caps beat the Maple Leafs 4-1. However, it’s worth noting Toronto was the team on the second leg of games on consecutive nights. Washington will be the heavy favorites to beat the Maple Leafs. This should be an exciting series and the Leafs certainly match up better against the Caps than the Boston Bruins.