April 21 2015 10:00AM
The teams in the Western Conference have each played three games, and unfortunately for Winnipeg, only one team looks like they have their first round victory in the bag. The Ducks own a commanding 3-0 series lead after spoiling Winnipeg's homecoming, while the Flames, Hawks, and Wild head into their fourth games with 2-1 leads.
Who's going to move on? Let's take a look.
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.