The Washington Capitals have already clinched their second Stanley Cup in three years, and the Caps are set to celebrate their achievement on the ice.
But they may not have any time to celebrate when they face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday night.
Here are five things to know about the NHL playoffs.1.
The Leafs are in the East, and there’s a playoff race.
This is an exciting series, with each team vying for a chance to win the conference and advance to the Stanley Cup finals.
But that’s not the entire story.
The Atlantic Division has two wild cards, and that means that teams that have not made the playoffs in the past two seasons can take advantage of that, which could help make this series more competitive.
The Atlantic has played more games than any other division this season, with the Islanders, Bruins and Penguins each having played 15 games.
The Flyers, Islanders, Senators and Leafs have each played 11 games.
The Penguins have been in the Atlantic for the past four years, the longest such drought in the league.
The Penguins won the Atlantic in 2017, but it wasn’t until 2016 that they won a championship.
This year’s Atlantic winner is expected to win Game 7.
The Rangers have the worst record in the division.2.
How the playoff picture shakes out.
The standings for the Eastern Division are in:The Islanders are in first place in the conference, with a 1.35 points percentage advantage over the Rangers, and they are just three points ahead of Pittsburgh.
The Maple Leafs have the next-best record in their division at 1.25 points per game.
The Capitals, meanwhile, have a 1 point lead over Toronto, who have won three of four.
The Capitals are a half game ahead of the Leafs in the standings, with an advantage of 2.5 points per contest.
The Sabres have a three-point lead over the Lightning, with Tampa Bay two games ahead of them in the West standings.
The Lightning are tied with Edmonton and San Jose in the Pacific Division.
The Blue Jackets have a four-point edge over Colorado, who are two games behind Columbus in the Western Conference standings.
They have two games in hand on the Avalanche and Stars, with two games to play.
The Flyers are just two points ahead the Islanders in the Central Division, with St. Louis and Nashville two games back of Philadelphia.
The Blackhawks are tied for third place in that division with a one-point advantage over Minnesota, who finished the regular season tied for second in the NHL with 11 wins.
The Wild have the third-worst record in that group, with one point ahead of Minnesota.
The Kings are tied on goal differential, with San Jose tied for fourth place.
The Sharks, Coyotes and Lightning are in second and third, respectively, with Philadelphia and Florida two games out of first place.
The Islanders have the best record in both divisions.
The Islanders are the first team to clinch a playoff berth in the postseason since the 1994-95 Toronto Maple Leaf team.
They were the first to win a Stanley Cup during that season.
The team was also the only team to win back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995.3.
Who’s playing well and who’s not.
The Washington Senators are one of the best teams in the Eastern conference, led by the veteran center Mark Stone.
The Senators have won nine of their past 10 games, including three straight.
They’ve won four of their last five games.
Stone is averaging 23:21 of ice time per game, second most among forwards in the Metropolitan Division.
They’re the only club in the entire NHL that doesn’t have a captain.
The Kings, by contrast, have two captains, including two who have led their teams to the playoffs.4.
Where does this series end?
The Rangers and Penguins are tied atop the Atlantic, but the Islanders are fighting for the top seed in the playoff race with a chance at the conference championship.
The Stars are in third place, and Pittsburgh is still in the race for the third seed.
The Rangers have lost five of their first six games, and have yet to score more than four goals in a game.
The Pens have been able to put together two shutouts and have been outscored 30-6 in the second period of regulation, but they’ve also allowed more goals than they have.
The Maple Leafs are a wild card team that could still make the playoffs, but there are some concerns about their playoff positioning, including that they’re losing key players.
The Blue Jackets are the team to beat in the Southeast Division.5.
Can the Leafs beat the Penguins?
The Leafs have been the NHL’s best team this season.
Their record is the best in the Conference, with just four games behind the Capitals.
But the Capitals are just one game behind the Leafs and they have two wins in their past four games.
So the Maple Leafs need to win two more to clinch the Atlantic and then they’ll have a shot at