The Washington Capitals’ quest for the Stanley Cup kicks off on Tuesday, as they will play Game 1 against the Florida Panthers on May 3.
Friday’s slate of action determined the final playoff matchups, and following the last game, the NHL released the first-round schedules for each team. The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs officially begin on Monday, with the Capitals-Panthers series commencing on Tuesday.
Here is the first-round schedule for Washington:*If necessary
|Game 1: Washington vs. Florida||Tuesday, May 3||7:30 p.m. ET||NBCSW, SN360, ESPN2, TVA Sports|
|Game 2: Washington vs. Florida||Thursday, May 5||7:30 p.m. ET||NBCSW, TBS, SN360, TVA Sports|
|Game 3: Florida vs. Washington||Saturday, May 7||1 p.m. ET||NBCSW, ESPN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports|
|Game 4: Florida vs. Washington||Monday, May 9||7 p.m. ET||NBSSW, TBS, SN1, TVA Sports|
|*Game 5: Washington vs. Florida||Wednesday, May 11||TBD||TBD|
|*Game 6: Florida vs. Washington||Friday, May 13||TBD||TBD|
|*Game 7: Washington vs. Florida||Sunday, May 15||TBD||TBD|
All of the Capitals’ first-round games will be televised on NBC Sports Washington and streamed on the MyTeams app. Also, all of the team’s playoff games will be broadcast on 106.7 The Fan and Caps Radio 24/7. Tickets can be purchased for Games 3, 4 and 6 (if needed) on TicketMaster.
This is the first time Florida and Washington will meet in the playoffs. The Panthers, who won their first Presidents’ Trophy this season, have never made it past the first round, and the Capitals have suffered three straight first-round exits following their Stanley Cup run in 2018. Washington has been to the postseason eight straight seasons.
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There are nine members of the Capitals’ 2018 Stanley Cup roster still on the team: Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Lars Eller, Dmitry Orlov and Michal Kempny. Four additional players have hoisted the Cup on different teams: Trevor van Riemsdyk, Justin Schultz, Conor Sheary, Carl Hagelin and