In one fell swoop, the NHL and its players union voted Friday to approve a package deal that included both the NHL's return-to-play plan and a new Collective Bargaining agreement. The tentative agreement reached upon Tuesday became official when it was approved by the NHL's Board of Governors and received a simple majority in the player vote.
The 24 teams that qualified for the expanded Stanley Cup playoffs will begin formal training camps Monday in preparation for an Aug. 1 start to the postseason. The Capitals have already guaranteed themselves one of the top four spots in the East and will play in a round-robin tournament to determine seeding before the first round.
Here's what Washington's postseason schedule will look like in the seeding round and when they would be on the ice if they make it all the way:
Aug. 3 – Capitals vs. Lightning (seeding game)
Aug. 6 – Capitals vs. Flyers (seeding game)
Aug. 8 – Bruins vs. Capitals (seeding game)
Aug. 11 – First round of Stanley Cup playoffs begins
Aug. 25* – Second round of Stanley Cup playoffs begins
Sept. 8* – Conference finals begin
Sept. 22* – Stanley Cup Finals begin
Oct. 4* – Last possible day of Stanley Cup Finals
*Date still tentative
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NHL restart schedule: Capitals return to the ice Aug. 3 against Lightning originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington