The NHL's 2020 Stanley Cup First Round begins on Tuesday, Aug. 11 in the hub cities of Edmonton and Toronto.
The Capitals, who led the Metropolitan and had the third-best record in the East when the regular season ended March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be the third seed after going 1-1-1 in round-robin play last week. The Islanders, who were in seventh place in the East when play stopped, are the sixth seed after beating the Florida Panthers, three games to one, in the preliminary round. The series marks the eighth time the Islanders and Capitals have opposed each other in the playoffs.
Vegas' first-round opponent — at the trade deadline. Now, he's sure glad he did. It’s a bit of a luxury to have two goaltenders of that caliber, but it was an opportunity that presented itself and we just felt the risks of not moving ahead were greater than we were ready to assume,” McCrimmon said.