Capitals Clinch 2022 Stanley Cup Playoff Berth

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The Washington Capitals clinched a berth in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoff berth after the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the New York Islanders by a score of 4-2 at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday night. It marks the Capitals’ eighth consecutive postseason berth and 14th in the past 15 seasons.

The team is currently in the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. They will enter Monday three points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins (with two games in hand) for third place in the Metropolitan Division and the Boston Bruins (with each team down to seven regular-season games left) for the first wild-card spot.

The Capitals’ most likely first-round opponents include the Florida Panthers (who are first in the East), Carolina Hurricanes (first in the Metropolitan Division), or New York Rangers (second in the Metropolitan Division). They finished the regular season 1-1-1 with a -1 goal differential in three games against the Panthers (who they have never faced in the postseason) and 3-1-0 with a +1 goal differential in four games against the Hurricanes (whom beat them in seven games of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs).

The Rangers have won five of nine Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Capitals, including each of the past three in seven games (most recently in the 2015 second round). The two teams have split two games of their regular-season series so far with the last meeting set for April 29 at Madison Square Garden. The Capitals recorded a +1 goal differential in the first two games against the Rangers this season.

The Capitals, who are 10-9-2 against 2022 Stanley Cup Playoff teams from the Eastern Conference this season, will almost certainly play Games 1 and 2 of the first-round on the road, where they are a league-best 23-8-5.

The Capitals have gone 4-13-1 in their last 18 postseason games since taking a 2-0 lead over the Hurricanes in the 2019 first-round. They have not won a series since winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in 2018.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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1 Response to Capitals Clinch 2022 Stanley Cup Playoff Berth

  1. Anonymous says:

    Let’s goooooo!

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