April 16 2015 12:46PM
This series really looks like David vs. Goliath at a glance. The Lightning, who are one of the strongest offensive teams in the league, will face a team who faded down the stretch, just limping into the playoffs. The Atlantic Division rivals have become accustomed to one another over the season, but have never met in the playoffs, as Detroit was just recently relocated to the Eastern Conference.
The Red Wings know all about the playoffs. In fact, they haven’t actually missed the playoffs since the 1985-86 season, meaning they’ve made it to the big show in every single season that their opponents, the Lightning, have even existed as an NHL franchise.
The Lightning have looked poised to break out and establish themselves as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, and perhaps the cream of the Eastern Conference, but while somewhat inconsistent this season, Detroit still boasts a strong and experienced group capable of doing damage in the playoffs.
Let’s take a look.
April 16 2015 11:16AM
In the immortal words of Fox Mulder, "Nobody likes a math geek, Scully."
Especially when they predict that the St. Louis Blues will win the Cup this year. Ugh.
And yet, there we are. So how exactly did we get to this horrible, horrible outcome? Let's open up this particular X-File and find out...
April 15 2015 08:00AM
It is the eye of the storm for fans devoted to the Winnipeg Jets. The celebrations for the Jets very first playoff excursion since the move have all but settled. For some, this is their first time. For others this is just the first time in a long time.
The playoffs are far more familiar territory for the Anaheim Ducks, with only missing twice since the last lockout-cancelled season. Situations may look familiar to some Duck fans, but there are some significant changes this year and the Ducks are hoping these push them past their second round roadblock.
Let's take a deeper look into this series after the jump.
April 14 2015 04:06PM
This post is part of the Nation Network's Playoff Preview series, running this week at NHLNumbers. For more of our series previews and projections, head over to NHLNumbers.com.
Ah, it sure is good to be back. It's been a year since the Vancouver Canucks were last in the playoffs, but for Calgary, it has been much longer than that - this season puts an end to a streak of five consecutive on the outside looking in come mid-April. And with Vancouver having the most successful period of their (admittedly pretty sad and depressing) franchise history over that same time span, the once red-hot Canucks-Flames rivalry has kind of fizzled to just a spark of what it once was.
The two teams now get a chance to rekindle this rivalry in their first playoff meeting since 2003-2004. How can we expect this series to shake down, and who's going to come out on top? Find out on the other side of the jump.
April 14 2015 11:46AM
The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens aren't heading into the playoffs in polar opposite directions, but one team has been on fire and the other has been below average. Since the trade deadline passed, the Habs have won 45 percent of their games. The Sens? 72.2 percent.
There are a ton of great storylines in this series, and while it would be tough to argue these two teams will produce the highest quality hockey in the first round, it might produce the most exciting hockey (as seen in the video above).
This series has one of the best goalies in the league going against the hottest goalie in the league, two of the best defensemen in the NHL, possibly hamburgers, and some up and coming good young forwards on each team. Oh, and it’s an all-Canadian match-up.
This should be pretty fun, but let’s take a deeper look to see who will win.