In a year where the NHL has seen its share of turmoil, the league’s future appears to be on track to make strides in the coming years.
The New York Islanders are poised to make a big splash in the 2017-18 season, while the Columbus Blue Jackets have the potential to take a big step forward as they head into their first season in Columbus.
However, while many of the teams in the playoff picture could make the playoffs, the rest of the league will likely see a long and difficult offseason.
The 2017-2018 NHL season is set to begin on March 5 and the final two games will take place on March 12.
With the season opener on March 10, the NHL will be playing on a three-day schedule.
A three-game series schedule can be a little confusing to the casual fan, especially if they’ve never seen it before.
Here’s a breakdown of how the NHL is playing this year, along with a few of the key points that will be at stake in the playoffs:March 5: New York vs. Pittsburgh (5 p.m.
ET; NBCSN)This is the first game of the regular season, and it will see the New York Rangers take on the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time since the team’s Stanley Cup victory in 2013.
This game is also the only game in the season between the two teams.
March 12: New Jersey vs. Buffalo (7 p.b.
ET)This will be the first meeting between the New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres.
The two teams have met seven times in the regular seasons, but this is the only meeting between them.
This will be a rematch of last year’s series between the teams, which saw the Devils defeat the Sabres 4-1 in Game 5.
March 13: Boston vs. New York (7:30 p.t.
ET/PT)The two teams will play again in the NHL Finals, with the winner of that series going on to face the winner in the Stanley Cup Final.
This series will be played at the Garden, and the teams will have two games scheduled to be played there.
March 14: Boston at Washington (8:30 a.m., NBCSN, CBC)This game will be Boston’s first matchup against Washington in the series since their Stanley Cup Championship in 2013, which they won 6-3.
Boston is still searching for its first Stanley Cup championship since 2004, but it will be an exciting game to watch.
This will also be the last game of a back-to-back series between Boston and Washington, which the Capitals won 6/2/13.
The first two games of the playoffs are scheduled to start on March 15 and March 17.
The Capitals are hoping to end the season on a strong note, but there are a few games still to be determined in the first round, and this will be one of them.
If the Caps win both of these games, they will win the series.
On the other hand, if the Capitals lose both of the games, the series will end in a tie.
Washington has two games remaining against the Columbus and Florida Panthers.
In the first two rounds, the teams have played in the third round once, in 2012.
The Caps defeated Florida 4-3 in Game 7.
On March 11, the Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in Game 6.
Philadelphia’s first round opponent is the Columbus Buckeyes.
Both teams will be looking for a second consecutive win after losing both games in the conference finals.
There is a chance the series could end in regulation.
One thing that should be noted about the series is that the two top seed from the conference final is the defending champion, so the series should be played as a best-of-seven.
These two teams are playing on the same day, and there is a possibility that the games could be played in Columbus or Florida, but that will depend on how the series ends up playing out.
Here are some other things to know about the upcoming season:March 15: Philadelphia at Washington Capitals (9 p.s.m.; NBCSN/TSN2, CBC/TSNE)The Flyers and Capitals will face off in what could be the biggest rivalry in the history of the NHL.
This is the second meeting between these two teams, and they last played in 2009-10, when the Capitals beat the Flyers 3/2.
The Flyers are a team that has struggled in recent years, losing six games in a row and having a 0-4-0 record in the last three games.
Washington has a 1-3-1 record in those three games, including a 4-2 win against the Flyers in 2011-12.
April 4: Florida at Columbus Blue Bombers (8 p.p.m; NBC)This rivalry between the Blue Bombs and the Blue Jackets started back in 1995 when both teams played in their first regular season game.
Columbus won the