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Blue Jackets prepare for Capitals as playoffs begin Thursday

Stanley Cup Playoffs logo (WSYX/WTTE)

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are starting this week and the Columbus Blue Jackets have been getting ready to face off against the Washington Capitals.

Columbus' quest to win their first Stanley Cup begins Thursday in the nation's capital.

Captain Nick Foligno was back on the ice. He has been out the last few weeks, but it looks like he might be ready to play when the playoffs start.

The team had an open practice Monday and will hold another one Tuesday before they fly to Washington. Some Jacket backers were in the stands as the players went through a couple drills here at the Ice Haus.

Columbus has never played Washington in the playoffs so fans are hoping a new opponent could lead to a longer run in the playoffs this time around.

"There’s a bunch of new, young players and i just want to see how different they are from years before with the younger players," said fan Samantha Haunty. "I hope they make it past the first round because once they get past that it’ll go on.”

Crews have been putting up Stanley Cup Playoffs logos outside the arena too. Nationwide Arena will be decked out when the series comes back to Columbus for game three next Tuesday.

Those same crews have also been working quickly to take down the stage from a concert here last night. The playoff logo went on the ice Monday afternoon.

As of Monday, only a small number of playoff tickets were available for games three and four.

Here's the full first round schedule:

Game 1, Thursday, April 12 at Washington 7:30pm, FOX Sports Ohio, USA, SN360, TVA Sports

Game 2, Sunday, April 15 at Washington 7:30pm, FOX Sports Ohio, NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports

Game 3, Tuesday, April 17 at Columbus 7:30pm, FOX Sports Ohio, NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports

Game 4, Thursday, April 19 at Columbus 7:30pm, FOX Sports Ohio, USA, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

*Game 5, Saturday, April 21 at Washington TBD, TBD

*Game 6 Monday, April 23 at Columbus TBD, FOX Sports Ohio

*Game 7 Wednesday, April 25 at Washington TBD, FOX Sports Ohio

ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to follow the CBJ playoff run.

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