April 13 2017 08:00AM
The Flames and the Ducks! What a classic matchup! Right? Right?!
The Calgary Flames come in featuring a lineup of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and "18-year-old" Sam Bennett, while the Anaheim Ducks sport an older contingent of Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, and Corey Perry as their core trio.
While neither team gets their rival matchup in Edmonton and San Jose, the teams get to fight it out against one another in a season where both teams were quite uncertain of their expectations going into it.
The teams have no playoff history in recent times as they haven't played since 2005-06, when the Ducks were still going by the "Mighty" moniker. The Ducks won that series in seven games, that also took place in the first round. The Ducks lost to the Oilers, who then made it all the way to Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. I'm not sure what happened, but I don't think they've won the Cup since 1990.
April 12 2017 04:44PM
Two teams that just plain old don't like one another face-off tonight.
The Blue Jackets and the Penguins are Metro division rivals who both finished with above 100 points on the season. What do they get for their troubles? A rough and tumble first round match up against one another.
Who emerges victorious?
April 12 2017 02:45PM
Ladies and gents, we have ourselves a choke-off.
In one corner, we have the Minnesota Wild, who in four years of making the playoffs, have a grand total of two wins past the first round. In the other corner, we have the St. Louis Blues, who in five years of making the playoffs, finally made it to the Conference Finals last year. Both teams have reputations that they don't want, and this series is a great place to start. The Blues are in a transition period, while the Wild are looking at a closing window.
Watch The Game Podcast
April 12 2017 01:34PM
Recorded a week and a half ago, Sam spoke with fellow NHL Numbers writer Pat Keogh about the New York Rangers season and what expectations have/haven't been met this year.
Happy belated birthday Pat!
April 12 2017 12:12PM
It's the most wonderful time of the year. The regular season is over and five Canadian teams made the playoffs. Quite the change from last year, when none made it. Just like last year, however, the Washington Capitals won the President's Trophy and are a hot pick to win the Stanley Cup.
Do the numbers have a different prediction? In this article I'll look at shot and goal differentials to separate the pretenders from contenders.