This just in from the NHL’s scheduling department. The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins will start start their second-round series on Thursday. And unlike the first round where every evening game was played at 7:30 pm, Game One will start at 7 PM. The game will be aired nationally on NBCSN.
The rest of the schedule will be announced Wednesday night after the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs conclude their series.
The NHL also announced the rest of the potential opening game dates.
Thursday, April 26
The start time of Game 1 of the Second Round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals has been set for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 26, in Washington. The game will be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. In Canada, the game will be on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
The start time of Game 1 of the Second Round series between the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights has been set for 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 26, in Las Vegas. The game will be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. In Canada, the game will be on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
Friday, April 27
The start time of Game 1 of the Second Round series between the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators has been set for 8 p.m. ET on Friday, April 27, in Nashville. The game will be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. In Canada, the game will be on CBC, SN360 and TVA Sports.
Saturday, April 28
If Boston advances, the start time of Game 1 of the Second Round series between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning would be set for 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 28, in Tampa. The game would be televised on NBC in the U.S. In Canada, the game would be on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
If Toronto advances, the start time of Game 1 of the Second Round series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning would be set for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 28, in Tampa. The game would be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. In Canada, the game would be on CBC and TVA Sports.
More from the Capitals:
The National Hockey League announced today that the series opening game of the 2018 Stanley Cup Second Round between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins will take place on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at Capital One Arena. Game 1 will be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. In Canada, the game will be on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports. A complete Second Round schedule will be announced when available.
This marks the 11th meeting between the Capitals and the Penguins in the playoffs, the most in franchise history. The Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals in six games to advance to the second round for the seventh time in the last 10 seasons and for the fourth straight season, the longest active streak in the NHL. Washington overcame a 2-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series for just the second time in franchise history. The Capitals also became the first team in NHL history to win a best-of-seven series after suffering overtime losses in Games 1 and 2 at home.
Washington will host Game 1, Game 2 and, if necessary, Game 5 and 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. A limited number of Capitals individual game tickets for all four possible home games of the Second Round will go on sale to the public at 8 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online by visiting WashingtonCaps.com.
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.
All Capitals playoff games are broadcast on 106.7 The Fan (when not conflicting with Washington Nationals baseball) and on 99.1 FM WDCH, and on the 24-hour radio channel, Caps Radio 24/7, devoted specifically to the Capitals.
The Capitals will practice on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
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