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In addition to the East Division lead, the Washington Capitals’ game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington) could feature a trip to the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs on the line. The winner could become the first from the East Division to clinch a spot. Here’s how:
Capitals will clinch if:
- they win in any fashion + the New York Islanders (at New York Rangers) win in any fashion
- Or if they get one point + the Islanders win in regulation
Penguins will clinch if
- they win in any fashion + the Islanders win in regulation
The winner between the Capitals and Penguins will have the East Division lead heading into Saturday’s rematch at Capital One Arena. The Capitals currently lead the Penguins by one point with a game in hand.
The Capitals have not missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2014, the only year they have missed since 2008. The Penguins have made it every season since 2007.
By Harrison Brown