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The defending champion Washington Capitals are back for a run at their second Stanley Cup, but plenty of teams stand in the way in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

If the Capitals can get past the Carolina Hurricanes, they would have to face the nemesis Pittsburgh Penguins or their former coach, Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders, in the second round.

Get through that round, and the Tampa Bay Lightning could be next. The Lightning tied the NHL record with 62 wins this season and would be seeking revenge after last season’s Game 7 loss at home in the Eastern Conference final. The difficult-to-play Boston Bruins also are a threat to get to the third round.

The Vegas Golden Knights also are back after their magical run last season as an expansion team, but they struggled down the stretch. The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets are getting attention as they to win Canada’s first Stanley Cup since 1993. The St. Louis Blues are a sleeper under midseason coaching hire Craig Berube.

The first-round schedule:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Tampa Bay vs. Columbus

Wednesday, April 10: Columbus at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 12: Columbus at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 14: Tampa Bay at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16: Tampa Bay at Columbus, 7 p.m.

x-Friday, April 19: Columbus at Tampa Bay, TBA

x-Sunday, April 21: Tampa Bay at Columbus, TBA

x-Tuesday, April 23: Columbus at Tampa Bay, TBA

Boston vs. Toronto

Thursday, April 11: Toronto at Boston, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 13: Toronto at Boston, 8 p.m.

Monday, April 15: Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17: Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m.

x-Friday, April 19: Toronto at Boston, TBA

x-Sunday, April 21: Boston at Toronto, TBA

x-Tuesday, April 23: Toronto at Boston, TBA

Washington vs. Carolina

Thursday, April 11: Carolina at Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 13: Carolina at Washington, 3 p.m.

Monday, April 15: Washington at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 18: Washington at Carolina, 7 p.m.

x-Saturday, April 20: Carolina at Washington, TBA

x-Monday, April 22: Washington at Carolina, TBA

x-Wednesday, April 24: Carolina at Washington, TBA

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh

Wednesday, April 10: Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 12: Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 14: N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, Noon

Tuesday, April 16: N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

x-Thursday, April 18: Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, TBA

x-Saturday, April 20: N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, TBA

x-Monday, April 22: Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, TBA

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Nashville vs. Dallas

Wednesday, April 10: Dallas at Nashville, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 13: Dallas at Nashville, 6 p.m.

Monday, April 15: Nashville at Dallas, 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17: Nashville at Dallas, 8 p.m.

x-Saturday, April 20: Dallas at Nashville, TBA

x-Monday, April 22: Nashville at Dallas, TBA

x-Wednesday, April 24: Dallas at Nashville, TBA

Winnipeg vs. St. Louis

Wednesday, April 10: St. Louis at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Friday, April 12: St. Louis at Winnipeg, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 14: Winnipeg at St. Louis, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16: Winnipeg at St. Louis, 9:30 p.m.

x-Thursday, April 18: St. Louis at Winnipeg, TBA

x-Saturday, April 20: Winnipeg at St. Louis, TBA

x-Monday, April 22: St. Louis at Winnipeg, TBA

Calgary vs. Colorado

Thursday, April 11: Colorado at Calgary, 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 13: Colorado at Calgary, 10:30 p.m.

Monday, April 15: Calgary at Colorado, 10 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17: Calgary at Colorado, 10 p.m.

x-Friday, April 19: Colorado at Calgary, TBA

x-Sunday, April 21: Calgary at Colorado, TBA

x-Tuesday, April 23: Colorado at Calgary, TBA

San Jose vs. Vegas

Wednesday, April 10: Vegas at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

Friday, April 12: Vegas at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 14: San Jose at Vegas, 10 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16: San Jose at Vegas, 10:30 p.m.

x-Thursday, April 18: Vegas at San Jose, TBA

x-Sunday, April 21: San Jose at Vegas, TBA

x-Tuesday, April 23: Vegas at San Jose, TBA

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