Patriots and Jets are a game today

By Tom WilliamsAssociated PressNHL game day coverage: The New York Islanders (10-6-3) vs. the Philadelphia Flyers (8-9-4) at Barclays Center (NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.

ET)NHL playoffs: The Edmonton Oilers (10) vs the Dallas Stars (8) at American Airlines Center (FOX Sports, 9 p., ET) NHL playoffs: Arizona Coyotes (12-5-2) vs New York Rangers (12) at MSG Live (ESPN, 9:30 a.m., ET)The Washington Capitals (7-11-3), who have been without injured star Alex Ovechkin for most of the season, are the last team to open the season against an opponent that is expected to be among the NHL’s top teams.

Washington Capitals star Alex Kerfoot is expected in the lineup for tonight’s game against the New York Jets.

Alex Kerfoot and the Capitals play tonight in the NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Edmonton Oilers.

Alex Ovechuk is expected on the ice for tonight.

Alexei Kovalev is expected back in the starting lineup against the Jets.

The NHL playoffs are set for Thursday night.

The Capitals are looking to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009-10.

The Philadelphia Flyers are looking for their first win of the new season.

The Jets are trying to avoid their first loss of the Stanley “Cup” era.

Washington is expected at least to finish in the top five in the Metropolitan Division.

The Islanders have been the league’s best team this season, winning nine of 11 and finishing with the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, has dropped six of its last seven games.

The Flyers have won three straight games and are averaging more than three goals per game.

The Islanders are 0-4-0 against the Flyers, who have won the last three meetings.

The Kings are 8-4 overall and have lost five of six.

Los Angeles has been without goaltender Jimmy Howard, who has been out with a concussion.

The Kings have won five of their last six games.

The Flyers, meanwhile have won four of their five.

Losers of three straight, the Capitals and Flyers will play again this week.

The Caps open a six-game homestand against the Philadelphia Islanders on Thursday night and the Flyers will host the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern conference semifinals.