April 21 2015 08:00AM
The Eastern Conference teams, aside from the Lightning and Red Wings, have made it through three games, and pretty much everything is going as expected. Despite being tied 1-1, the Lightning have dominated the Wings, the Habs hold a commanding 3-0 lead over the Senators who have been playing playoff hockey for two months now, and the Rangers and Islanders are doing their best to make sure we see a Battle of New York this year.
Let's take a look.
April 19 2015 12:00PM
You can't win em all, and it turns out if you're Buffalo you literally can't win anything. But YOU have won and your reward is another First Star, Worst Star!
April 17 2015 05:36PM
For the second straight season under the new playoff format, five of the eight Western Conference playoff spots have been captured by Central Division teams. In the first round of the playoffs, as a result of this, we get a match-up between the Central's best team and arguably the hottest team in the NHL.
The St. Louis Blues have been one of the NHL's better teams for the past few seasons, finishing near the top of the West in each of the past four seasons. Once again, under the guidance of Ken Hitchcock, the Blues have finished strong. Last season, a strong Blues finish was erased by the Chicago Blackhawks, who beat them in the first round.
And once again, the Blues have drawn a red-hot team to open the post-season. This year it's the surging Minnesota Wild, who went on an incredible run to even make the playoffs: they went 27-10-2 following the acquisition of Devan Dubnyk from Arizona. Dubnyk started all but one of those games.
The Dubnyk Factor is but one of several things that will decide this series, and whether the playoff legacy of the Blues will again be tarnished.
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April 17 2015 06:30AM
The first round, Leaf's mass firing, Canucks defense could be problematic, Jets least likely to win Cup, Jay Feaster's Flames, a look at Mac T's first 2 years as Oilers GM and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
April 16 2015 12:46PM
This series really looks like David vs. Goliath at a glance. The Lightning, who are one of the strongest offensive teams in the league, will face a team who faded down the stretch, just limping into the playoffs. The Atlantic Division rivals have become accustomed to one another over the season, but have never met in the playoffs, as Detroit was just recently relocated to the Eastern Conference.
The Red Wings know all about the playoffs. In fact, they haven’t actually missed the playoffs since the 1985-86 season, meaning they’ve made it to the big show in every single season that their opponents, the Lightning, have even existed as an NHL franchise.
The Lightning have looked poised to break out and establish themselves as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, and perhaps the cream of the Eastern Conference, but while somewhat inconsistent this season, Detroit still boasts a strong and experienced group capable of doing damage in the playoffs.
Let’s take a look.