Thune to host a fundraiser at NHL playoff game that may not happen

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) appears to know who's going to play the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League's first playoff game next week. Only trouble is, the Capitals don't know. Nor does anyone else. Nor could they.

Thune's campaign sent out an invitation Tuesday to a fundraiser on April 15 at the Verizon Center, first reported by the hockey website Japersrink.com. The occasion? According to the invitation, an NHL playoff game between the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins.

But the Boston Bruins aren't set to play the Caps in a game on the 15th yet. In fact, the Capitals aren't even sure there will be a game on the 15th at all, let alone against the Bruins.

Washington Capitals spokesman Nate Ewell explained to ITK that the rankings won't be set until the regular season is over this Sunday. "We're glad to know we're in the playoffs," he said, "but we'll wait to see what days we play and who we play. We play the Bruins this weekend, but there are still a number of teams we could be matched against for the playoffs."

Ewell went on to say the date isn't set, either. "We'll probably start the 15th or 16th, but we don't know yet."

The Capitals were unaware that Thune was planning to hold a fundraiser for the game, but Ewell said that suite reservations at the Verizon Center are handled by the venue, and not by individual team franchises.

Thune's campaign declined to comment on the proposed event. Here's the invitation: 

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