Last season, no Canadian teams made the playoffs; this year, five of the six are in the postseason. Four of the five teams that finished at the bottom of the NHL in 2015-16 qualify for the playoffs this year. That shows how quickly tides can turn in this league. The reigning champs, Pittsburgh, aim for back-to-back titles, while the 2015-16 champs, Chicago, go for their fourth Cup in eighth years.
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EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
Washington vs. Toronto
The Capitals come into the playoffs off their second straight President's Trophy, leading the league in wins, raising expectations. Washington
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