April 30 2015 08:30AM
It seems the Rangers and Capitals are always meeting up in the playoffs. The two teams have met four times in the past six seasons, with the Rangers winning the two most recent match ups in 2013 and 2012 in seven games. As we know, the Rangers have had much more success in the playoffs than the Caps in recent memory, and it seems pretty likely that trend is going to continue.
The Rangers are well rested, after finishing off the Penguins in just five games last Friday, while the Capitals took all seven games to beat the Islanders. The Rangers come into this series as the favorites not only to take down the Capitals, but to come out of the Eastern Conference.
Do the Caps stand a chance in this series?
April 28 2015 07:30AM
The Central Division Finals will feature a matchup of “underdog” first round winners, as the Blackhawks and Wild were the third and fourth seeds respectively in the division. I wouldn’t really call the Hawks beating Nashville much of an upset, but Minnesota taking down the Blues was a little bit more surprising, although St. Louis has now failed to make it past the first round of the playoffs for the third straight season.
This is the second year in a row the Wild have taken down a top seeded team in the first round, and this will also be a rematch of last year’s Central Division Final that resulted in a 4-2 win for the Hawks.
What should we expect from this rematch?
April 28 2015 07:00AM
Timo Meier is one of the best pure scorers in this year's draft and is a dynamic winger. He is among a fairly large group of draft eligibles this year who could be NHL ready. He could be one of the first 10 names called at the 2015 Entry Draft.
April 26 2015 08:30AM
The first matchup of the second round is set, as the Calgary Flames came back from a 3-0 deficit in game six to take down the Vancouver Canucks, earning them a series in the Pacific Division Final with the Anaheim Ducks, who just finished sweeping the Winnipeg Jets earlier this week. This seems like a mismatch on paper, but knowing the Flames, pretty much anything is possible. Despite being outplayed in pretty much every single underlying measure in the first round, the Flames continued to do what they did all season and find a way to win when pretty much everyone expected them to lose. The Ducks ripped apart the Jets in what looked like a much closer series than it actually was. The Jets barely trailed for the entire series, but the Ducks controlled play at even strength and in the third period, earning them a pretty east sweep.
While it is pretty easy to say that the Ducks are heavy favorites heading into this series, the Flames have managed to find a way to defy odds and statistics all season, including the first round. When will they hit a wall? Can they keep this up against the Ducks? Let’s take a look.
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April 24 2015 07:00AM
Oilers gifted McDavid and reportedly hire Chiarelli. Injured Jets swept by Ducks, Leafs eye Todd Mclellan, can Canucks come back, playoff nastiness, Rob Ford, Sean Monahan, Michael Ferland and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.