NHL Second Round Playoff Preview: St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators

Scott Maxwell
April 25 2017 02:04PM

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And here begins the only predictable second round matchup. It was easy picking both of these teams to advance to the second round, as they both dominated the Western Conference this year. Both of these teams are unstoppable monsters, and even though it will also be a close series, I can only see Chicago coming out of it and winning the Cup.

Wait, this isn't Chicago and Minnesota? But I was told by everyone that Chicago was going to the Cup finals, even though Chicago-Nashville was still going to be a close series, and if not them, then Minnesota. Wait, Chicago got swept? Minnesota almost did too? Then who am I previewing? St. Louis-Nashville? Well, this will be more interesting.

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The Good Stuff From The First Round – Eastern Conference

Evan Presement
April 25 2017 12:06PM

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If you needed a reminder that the playoffs are mostly a complete and total crapshoot, you needn’t look any further than what just transpired over the last few weeks. Boston, out. Chicago, out. Minnesota, out. The teams with the third, fourth, and fifth best records in the league are already done.

Still, though, the postseason has always been full of surprises, and this year was no different. From emotional comebacks, to the fall of a once great empire, to the emergence of new ones, round one of the 2017 NHL playoffs had it all. Here’s a look back at the East, series by series, at the two weeks that were.

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NHL Second Round Playoff Preview: Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks

Curtis LeBlanc
April 25 2017 11:33AM

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The Anaheim Ducks steamrolled the Calgary Flames in Round One with a clean 4-0 sweep that included a high-flying 5-4 comeback OT win after being down 4-1 in Game 3.

The Edmonton Oilers, meanwhile, took down the San Jose Sharks, who were Stanley Cup Finalists just one year ago. They did it in slightly less spectacular fashion, taking six games to sink the Sharks, but for a team that hardly anyone had making the playoffs—never mind winning a series—the Oilers have already exceeded expectations.

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The Pavel Datsyuk contract dump trade was actually a big mistake for the Red Wings

Adam Laskaris
April 24 2017 05:00PM

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Arguably the biggest trade the Detroit Red Wings have made over the past few seasons came about 10 months ago, which is funny because nobody involved with the trade has played a game for the franchise since. 

With a quick hush coming over the Buffalo arena that finds a way to change its name just about every six months, Gary Bettman announced that the 16th overall selection and the cap hit associated with Pavel Datsyuk's contract would be moved from Detroit to the Arizona Coyotes for the 20th and 53rd overall selections. With those picks, the Arizona Coyotes selected Jakob Chychrun, while the Red Wings were able to land Dennis Cholowski and Filip Hronek with their spots in the draft.

The move was mostly praised at the time for being a moment of genius for Ken Holland. It's far from the worst deal he's ever pulled off, but here's 5 reasons why the trade shouldn't be viewed as a positive move for Detroit:

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The Nation Notebook: Edmonton advances, Hawks swept, and Ilya Kovalchuk

Christian Pagnani
April 24 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article. 

The first round of the playoffs are over. The Edmonton Oilers advance to the second round for the first time since 2006. The Blackhawks get swept by the Nashville Predators. The Leafs lose to the Capitals, but their future is bright. Ilya Kovalchuk is looking to return to the NHL.

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