By Julie Warner
If the NHL could magically start the playoffs today it would be the Caps vs. the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round.
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin agreed with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby that he wouldn’t mind starting with the playoffs. Teammate Nicklas Backstrom forgot Washington was in first place when the season was suspended and hoped for another championship run like two years ago.
“I like our chances this year,” Backstrom said. “I think we’re a good team and we have been playing pretty good, even though we haven’t been that good lately.”
This would be a rematch of the first round last year, won in seven games by Carolina. The Hurricanes would have injured goaltenders James Reimer and Petr Mrazek back and maybe defenseman Dougie Hamilton, too.