If for some reason you aren’t watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs right now, you’ve got no idea what you’re missing out on. This past week has been nothing but all day/all night playoff hockey and it has been the greatest thing I could’ve asked for. We’ve started at noon just about everyday and go to usually around 1am every night. So once again, I am here to catch you up on what’s been going on during these NHL playoffs…
In the round robin where the top four team in each conference are playing each other to determine the top four seeds the Flyers and Lightning have been dominate. The Flyers are doing what they did before the stoppage and that is winning and doing it in very impressive fashion. As for the Lightning they are having to overcome some injuries and what not but they have looked pretty damn good in the two games they’ve played. The Capitals played well against the Lightning but got dominated by the Flyers and I’m not just saying that because I’m a Flyers fan. I mean seriously the Flyers shut them down and it was fucking beautiful. The biggest takeaway from the round robin so far has been how bad the Boston Bruins have looked. It hasn’t been pretty for them in their first two games and they officially can not be any higher than the three seed at this point. The Bruins and Capitals face off Sunday and both teams will be looking to have better games going into the start of the first round of the playoffs. As for Tampa and my Flyers, well these two teams will play on Saturday to determine who gets the number one seed.
Now onto the Qualifying series, so far we have seen the Carolina Hurricanes sweep away the New York Rangers in three games to move on. As of this point they are the only team to move on in the Eastern Conference so far.
Carolina wins series 3-0
In the Islanders and Panthers series we saw the Islanders win the first two games only to have the Panthers scratch and claw to stay alive with a 3-2 win in game three. These two teams kick off the action today starting at noon as the Islanders look to secure their spot in the next round of the playoffs.
New York Islanders lead series 2-1
Toronto and Columbus have gone back and forth in the first three games with each team shutting out the other in the first two games. Game three was last night and it looked like the Leafs had put their stamp on the series as they were up 3-0 and close to going up 2-1 in the series. Columbus wouldn’t allow that to happen as they stormed all the way back to tie the game at 3 and send it to overtime. Pierre-Luc Dubois would pick up the game winner with just over two minutes left in overtime to give the Blue Jackets the 2-1 series lead and the chance to close it out later on this afternoon.
Columbus leads series 2-1
You really hate to see it…The Pittsburgh Penguins have fallen behind in the series to a team in the Montreal Canadiens who have no business even being here. After stealing game one 3-2 they came back to reality in game two as the Penguins evened the series at one game a piece with a 3-1 win. After that most of us thought okay this one should be wrapped up by the Penguins here pretty quickly. WRONG, the Habs pulled off a major come from behind 4-3 win in game three to take the 2-1 series lead. They will look to shock the NHL world and send Crosby and the Penguins home from the bubble a lot earlier than most expected.
Montreal leads series 2-1
In the round robin for the west, both the Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights have looked real good. Colorado was my pick at the beginning of the year to make it to the Cup and boy do they look legit. The Blues were on the wrong end of that buzzer beater goal the other day and then lost a back and forth affair to the Knights yesterday afternoon. They should have no problem come their first round matchup but if your a fan of theirs you probably would like to see them pick up a win in their last game. As for the Dallas Stars they have not looked all the great and really need to start getting their legs under them and quick or they might not be in the bubble much longer. Vegas and Colorado will face off on Saturday for the one seed and Dallas and St. Louis will meet Sunday to determine the 3rd and 4th seeds.
Chicago and Edmonton have put on the most entertaining series of the playoffs so far and it has been fucking incredible. Three high scoring, fast paced games and shockingly enough the Blackhawks have won two of the three. McDavid has been doing his part including having a hat trick in game two to try and lead the Oilers past this tough Chicago team. It’s a win or go home game later on today as we’ve got game four action.
Blackhawks lead series 2-1
Another upset brewing in this second series as the Arizona Coyotes has stunned the Nashville Predators in two of the three games. The Yotes have looked great in this series and they will look to continue that later today in game four as they look to send Nashville packing. Nashville will look to rely on their veteran experience to help lead the comeback in this series. If they can’t figure it out it’ll be the country roads taking them home.
Arizona leads series 2-1
Another series with two shutouts and one for each team. Minnesota and Vancouver have gone back and forth in what has been a surprisingly physical series. After getting blanked in game one the Nucks came back and put up 4 goals in game two and then 3 in game three picking up back to back wins. The Wild looked great in game one but haven’t really returned to that form yet and are now one loss away from heading home.
Vancouver leads series 2-1
Calgary and Winnipeg round out this edition of our playoff update as game four was going on as I typed this blog. Gotta feel for Jets fans a little bit here they lost Schiefele and Laine this series and they put up a great effort and were able to win one game. The Flames though did a great job to really shut them down. They went on to win game three 4-0 to move on to the round of sixteen.
Calgary wins series 3-1
We’ve got another great weekend of playoff hockey coming up and we will finalize the round of sixteen come Sunday. Keep it here as ill have another update blog on Sunday as we will look ahead to the official first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.