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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May 01 2015 06:30AM
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.
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.