The moment we've been waiting for all season is finally here - the chance to undo all the bad memories from last year's abrupt first round playoff exit. As far as my own personal playoff preparations: Caps flags on car - check; nails freshly laquered in OPI 'Russian Red' - check; the boys' playoff beards started - check, well maybe not so much (but even at 15 years old, I bet they beat Sidney Crosby in a beard growing contest)!
And finally, first round playoff schedule entered into the smartphone - check. For those of you who haven't marked your own calendars yet, here's the schedule the NHL released last night:
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington (CSN) (VERSUS)
Friday, April 15, 2011 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington (CSN)
Sunday, April 17, 2011 3 p.m. Washington at NY Rangers (NBC)
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 7 p.m. Washington at NY Rangers (CSN)
*Saturday, April 23, 2011 3 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington (NBC)
*Monday, April 25, 2011 TBD Washington at NY Rangers (CSN)
*Wednesday, April 27, 2011 TBD NY Rangers at Washington (CSN)
The boys will practice today at 10:30 a.m.and tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
In anticipation of the much anticipated first round, Hockey Mom was asked to join several other Caps media types in a playoff roundtable over at On Frozen Blog. Check it out here. The Sporting News' Craig Custance shares his thoughts on why he thinks the Caps will take the first round over the Rangers - makes for some good Monday morning reading!