The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs start Wednesday with five games, including the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning, who tied an NHL record with 62 wins this season, playing the Columbus Blue Jackets at Amalie Arena. The Washington Capitals begin defense of their Stanley Cup title when they play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Carolina Hurricanes at Capital One Arena on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN360, TVA Sports). It will be one of three games that night: