There are plenty of meaningful matchups around the NHL Saturday. The game between the Washington Capitals and the Florida Panthers is not one of them.
A slow first period has ended with the Caps and Panthers deadlocked in a scoreless tie.
Both teams combined for 15 shots with the Caps having nine of them. Each team also had a power play opportunity with nothing to show for it.
Meanwhile, in Raleigh, the Tampa Bay Lightning are leading the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 after the first period. A Tampa Bay win would clinch a playoff spot for the New York Rangers, who would become the Caps' first-round opponent.