What can previous playoffs series tell us about what's going to happen in the second round, and beyond?

Cam Lewis
May 06 2015 08:00AM

The playoffs are crazy. There’s no other way to put it. And of course, this year has been no different. Although the playoff are wacky and unpredictable, there does appear to be a pattern over the past couple of seasons that suggests what it takes to win. Underlying stats would suggest that generally, the team with the better Corsi For percentage wins the playoff series, but when that doesn't happen, what's the deal? Is it luck? How far can that carry a team? What can the last two years of first round playoff match ups tell us about where the teams in this year’s playoffs are headed? 

Let’s take a look. 

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Nation Drafts 2015 charity playoff pool update

Thomas Drance
May 02 2015 12:35PM

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The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?

We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition! 

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Stanley Cup Playoffs Round Two Preview: Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Cam Lewis
May 01 2015 08:00AM

By now, the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning should be pretty familiar with one another. Aside from playing each other multiple times throughout the season, the Canadiens also swept the Lightning in last year’s Atlantic Division semifinals. Last year’s playoff series was only the second time in playoff history the two teams met. The first was back in 2004, and as we all know, that went well for Tampa, as they went on to win their first and only ever Stanley Cup.

This series will feature the most prolific offence in the league and the best goaltending, as the Lightning and Habs each finished at the very top of the league in goals for and goals against respectively. 

The major issue for Tampa is whether or not Steven Stamkos, a key part of their regular season juggernaut, can get his game together when it matters most. If he wasn’t able to get it done against the Red Wings, will he be able to against a vastly superior defensive team in Montreal? If not, will this be a repeat of last year’s sweep for the Canadiens? 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
May 01 2015 06:30AM

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Dave Nonis speaks after firing, changes Canucks will make, renewed life in Edmonton, Flames round 2 matchup, Jets continue to roll out playoff injury list, more 2015 draft coverage, a classic playoff tilt and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs Round Two Preview: New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals

Cam Lewis
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?

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