Center Nicklas Backstrom played a strong series before sustaining a hand injury in Game 5 and missing Game 6, leaving his status for Game 1 of the conference finals in question. Forward Tom Wilson will return from a three-game suspension for Game 1. After a rocky stretch, goalie Braden Holtby started and finished all six games, collecting four wins and allowing two goals per game.
The Capitals, who entered the league in 1974, have never won the Stanley Cup. The Lightning are seeking their second Cup after winning in 2004, their 12th season in the N.H.L. Washington made its lone Stanley Cup finals appearance in 1998, when the Capitals were swept by the Detroit Red Wings. Tampa Bay, which has reached the conference finals in three of the past four seasons, most recently appeared in the Cup finals three years ago, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Only two players in the series have won the Cup: Tampa Bay left wing Chris Kunitz, who has won four, one in Anaheim and three with Pittsburgh; and Washington defenseman Brooks Orpik, who also won with the Penguins.
All times Eastern; x-if necessary
Friday: Washington at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m., NBCSN
Sunday: Washington at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m., NBCSN
Tuesday: Tampa Bay at Washington, 8 p.m., NBCSN
Thursday, May 17: Tampa Bay at Washington, 8 p.m., NBCSN
x-Saturday, May 19: Washington at Tampa Bay, 7:15 p.m., NBC
x-Monday, May 21: Tampa Bay at Washington, 8 p.m., NBCSN
x-Wednesday, May 23: Washington at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m., NBCSN