By virtue of their 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins today, the Philadelphia Flyers have climbed into sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. With 95 points, the Flyers will draw the third-seeded Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Both teams missed the playoffs last season. The Caps and Flyers have met in the postseason three times, with Washington winning two of the series. The most recent Washington-Philly playoff match-up was in 1988-89 when Philly ousted the Caps in six games in a first-round series.
This year’s series will open in Washington, probably on Thursday. More on scheduling as it becomes available.
UPDATE: In a contrast to past years when the Caps were harmed by dubious playoff scheduling for one reason or another, Washington catches a bit of a break this time around. The Caps-Flyers series will start on Friday, the latest of any of the eight first-round series. If the series goes the full seven games, the Caps and Flyers will pay on the back end with games on back-to-back nights — and three games in four days — to close out the series.
Here’s the schedule:
Game 1 at WAS on Friday, Apr. 11 at 7 p.m.
Game 2 at WAS on Sunday, Apr. 13 at 2 p.m.
Game 3 at PHI on Tuesday, Apr. 15 at 7 p.m.
Game 4 at PHI on Thursday, Apr. 17 at 7 p.m.
* Game 5 at WAS on Saturday, Apr. 19 at 1 p.m.
* Game 6 at PHI on Monday, Apr. 21 at TBD
* Game 7 at WAS on Tuesday, Apr. 22 at TBD
* if necessary