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The focus of the Blues will be to shut down Art Ross winner Patrick Kane, who finished with a career-high 46 goals and 60 assists, and that responsibility will fall to Alex Pietrangelo. Kane prefers the control of having the puck as much as possible, and it will be Pietrangelo who will need to manipulate Kane into rushing shots he isn’t ready to take.

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Winning Formula: 

The Blackhawks are stacked with talent with the likes of offensive weapon Patrick Kane, phenomenal two-way center Jonathan Toews, and premier defenseman Duncan Keith. Corey Crawford remains at the top of his game in the crease. Added defense comes from the skilled Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov on Keith’s line adding more dimension to the team’s defensive game. Andrew Ladd, Dale Weise, and Tomas Fleischmann add new depth to an already tremendous team and it will be interesting to see how Joel Quenneville chooses to use them throughout the series.

How to Lose the Series in 7 Games or Less: 

The Blackhawks are a modern day dynasty with three Stanley Cup wins since 2010, but has not won in two years. They have players from those previous wins in their ranks, but the question is if it’s been too much; too much play and pressure taking a toll on a star studded team. The Hawks have averaged 16.7 playoff games per season since 2009-10, and Kane, Toews, Keith, Hjalmarsson, Brent Seabrook and Marian Hossa have been roster pillars for each of those runs. The playoffs mean less time off of arguably the most physically and mentally demanding major sport in the world.

St Louis Blues-

Winning Formula:

This is not a David vs Goliath series. The Blues are a force to be reckoned with. Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz and Robby Fabbri provide youth and jump on the wings. David Backes, Colton Parayko, Troy Brouwer add size to the team. Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera are playmakers. Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Jay Bouwmeester make up a blueline that is both strong and mobile and able to manipulate adversaries; while every line plays some degree of a defensive game including the team’s offensive lines. St Louis has never finished worse than seventh in goals against since Ken Hitchcock took over coaching duties in 2011-12.

How to Lose the Series in 7 Games or Less: 

St. Louis averages the fewest goals per game of any franchise in playoff contention. The team has dealt with injuries, players getting older such as Backes, and players like Fabbri and Dmitrij Jaskin being too inexperienced to be true weapons in a battle such as this. Criticism is aimed at GM Doug Armstrong who did not address the glaring scoring issues this team has at the trade deadline. Jake Allen in the crease has come into his own when Brian Elliot wasn’t in the position over the last season, but looking at his .904 save percentage in the 2015 playoffs, losing four of six starts it’s understood that he cannot perform that way in this series if the Blues want a shot at round two, lucky for the St Louis they have Elliot on hand if Allen doesn’t live up to his last season’s performance.

Prediction: Blackhawks in 6

 

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  • When the Jets met the Islanders John Tavareshad a power-play goal and added two assists, Thomas Greiss made 22 saves and the Islanders got their first win of the season and the first in their new Brooklyn home. The score was 4-2.
  • On Tuesday Tomas Fleischmannfinished an odd-man rush with his first goal of the season early in the third period and the Canadiens beat the Penguins 3-2. Fleischmann scored off a feed from David Desharnais to help Montreal wrap up its season-opening trip at 4-0-0 and drop Pittsburgh to 0-3-0. Max Pacioretty scored twice for the Canadiens, and Carey Price finished with 31 saves. Beau Bennett and Kris Letang scored for Pittsburgh. Phil Kessel had up an assist in his home debut with the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots for the Penguins.
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  • Jaromir Jagrassisted on Barkov’s goal for his 1,809th career point and the Panthers beat the Hurricanes 4-1.
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  • Gustav Nyquistand Kyle Quincey scored and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist for Detroit in their 3-1 win against Tampa Bay.
  • Blue beat Flames 4-3. Colton Paraykoscored his first two NHL goals. The defenseman broke a 2-2 tie on a power play at 4:47 of the second period on a 55-foot wrist shot and scored again with 32 seconds left in the second on another long shot. Troy Brouwer and Scottie Upshall also scored for the Blues. Mason Raymond, Jiri Hudler and David Jones scored for Calgary.
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  • Coyotes beat the Ducks 4-0. Anthony Duclairscored the game’s first two goals en route to his first career hat trick and Mike Smith made 37 saves for his 28th career shutout. Rookie Max Domi had a goal and an assist and Martin Hanzal had three assists.
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  • Blues beat the Jets 4-2. Vladimir Tarasenkoscored twice and Brian Elliott made 26 saves. Tarasenko gave the Blues a 3-2 lead on a delayed penalty midway through the third period, firing a shot past goalie Ondrej Pavelec and into the corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season. Scottie Upshall and Carl Gunnarsson also scored for St. Louis. Nikolaj Ehlers and Mathieu Perreault scored for Winnipeg.
  • Tyler Toffoliscored on a breakaway late in the second period to help Los Angeles beat Colorado 2-1. Marian Gaborik also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 21 saves. Matt Duchene  gave Colorado their only point.
  • Ducks won 4- 1 against the Wild. Anton Khudobinhad 34 saves.  Cam Fowler, Rickard Rakell, and Mike Santorelli all contributed goals.
  • The Oilers beat the Canucks 2-1 in overtime whenLauri Korpikoski scored on a breakaway. Nail Yakupov scored in regulation and Anders Nilsson stopped 33 shots to benefit the Oilers. Matt Bartkowski scored for the Canucks and Ryan Miller finished with 22 saves.

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The Anaheim Ducks have earned their way to the Western Conference Final for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007 while the Chicago Blackhawks are back in the 3rd Round for the fifth time in seven seasons. Both teams benefit from strong leadership by their captains, Ryan Getzlaf of the Ducks and Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks, both captains center their respective team’s top-line, produce offensively and keep their teams motivated. Forward Corey Perry is leading the post season with 15 points while Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is second with 13. Both teams boast formidable bluelines and strong goaltending. Chicago won two of three games against Anaheim during the regular season.

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How they got to the Western Conference Final: The Blackhawks needed 10 games to make it this far, six games to defeat the Nashville Predators in the first round and a sweep of the Minnesota Wild in the second. Kane has a point in seven straight games and scored five goals in four games in the 2nd round. In the post season Toews has 11 points, left wing Patrick Sharp has nine points, and right wing Marian Hossa has eight points proving that this team can light the lamp. In the second period of Game 4 against the Wild Michal Rozsival sustained a broken ankle which has forced Chicago coach, Quenneville, to make changes to his defense including adding David Rundblad to the lineup for his playoff debut. Duncan Keith will get more ice time due to the defensive changes despite already averaging 30:37, but he has been great for the team tallying two goals and eight assists. Corey Crawford stepped up in the 2nd round after faltering in the crease in the 1st. He made 30 saves in 1-0, Game 3 shutout of the Wild, but backup Scott Darling is ready to play if Crawford loses his intensity and resolve. Chicago’s power play has climbed to a 20.0 percent success rate, second to the Ducks out of teams still remaining in these playoffs.

How they can get to the Stanley Cup Final: The penalty kill remains a problem for the Blackhawks, but they make up for that in speed, ability to move the puck, keep possession, and skill at finding the back of the net. The Blackhawks will need to utilize defensive ice time as much as possible since the defensemen will be racking up more minutes than normal and need to use their energy wisely. The Ducks are averaging 33.8 shots per game in the post season so Crawford will need to stay focused and stand on his head when needed, but he has shown that he can do just that. Kane, Toews, Hossa, Keith, Sharp, Seabrook and Brandon Saad will all need to continue producing offensively. This team has gotten plenty of rest since they swept the Wild and though that can hurt a team’s momentum if utilized well the Blackhawks can enter the Western Conference Final focused and well prepared.

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How they got to the Western Conference Final: The Ducks needed nine games to pass the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames in the 1st and 2nd rounds. Getzlaf and Perry have combined for 27 points in nine games, four of which were power-play goals. Ryan Kesler has been immensely valuable on the forecheck. Matt Beleskey set a Ducks playoff record scoring in five straight games in the second round, while Jakob Silfverberg has three multipoint games, and Patrick Maroon has four goals. Anaheim’s defensemen have combined for 29 points in the playoffs. 2007 Stanley Cup team veteran, Francois Beauchemin, has six points in nine games, and passed Scott Niedermayer as the Ducks’ all-time playoff scoring leader among defensemen. Cam Fowler and Simon Despres are a combined plus-13 with four penalty minutes. Sami Vatanen leads Ducks defensemen with seven points. The Ducks are 9-for-29 on the power play, improving after being ranked 28th in the regular season. Beauchemin, Despres, Fowler, Getzlaf, Kesler, Silfverberg and Thompson have been fantastic on the PK all post-season. Frederik Andersen has a 1.96 goals-against average and a save percentage of .925 through nine games.

How they can get to the Stanley Cup Final: The Getzlaf, Perry, and Maroon line will need to continue to produce and control the puck challenging the Blackhawk defensemen. Getzlaf has been great on the faceoff and puck possession is key in playoff hockey. Expect Jakob Silfverberg and Andrew Cogliano to play the way they did against the Jets when they played a big part in sweeping the series. This team is not great with faster teams so the Blackhawks will be a big hurdle for them. Defense will need to stay sharp and Kesler will need to provide heavily on the forecheck. Andersen needs to continue making big saves in the crease; he wasn’t heavily tested in the previous rounds and Chicago is a much better team when it comes to puck possession than those he’s faced so far in these playoffs; he will need to step up and shut them down.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL MATCHUP
SERIES M – M1 vs. A2 TIME (ET) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers NETWORKS
Saturday, May 16 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at NY Rangers NBC, CBC, TVA Sports
Monday, May 18 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at NY Rangers NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Wednesday, May 20 8 p.m. NY Rangers at Tampa Bay NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Friday, May 22 8 p.m. NY Rangers at Tampa Bay NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
*Sunday, May 24 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at NY Rangers NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
*Tuesday, May 26 8 p.m. NY Rangers at Tampa Bay NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
*Friday, May 29 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at NY Rangers NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL MATCHUP
SERIES N – P1 vs. C3 TIME (ET) Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks NETWORKS
Sunday, May 17 3 p.m. Chicago at Anaheim NBC, CBC, TVA Sports
Tuesday, May 19 9 p.m. Chicago at Anaheim NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Thursday, May 21 8 p.m. Anaheim at Chicago NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Saturday, May 23 8 p.m. Anaheim at Chicago NBC, CBC, TVA Sports
*Monday, May 25 9 p.m. Chicago at Anaheim NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
*Wednesday, May 27 8 p.m. Anaheim at Chicago NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
*Saturday, May 30 8 p.m. Chicago at Anaheim NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

* – if necessary TBD – To be determined

 

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Minnesota Wild –

Learning from Round 1: The top line of Parise, Granlund, and Pominville combined for 17 points against St. Louis, and they will need to keep that momentum going into the 2nd Round with Chicago. The Wild finished 4-of-12 with the man-advantage and lead the League with 33.3 percent power-play efficiency in six games; this is a phenomenal change after a regular season of weakness in that area.

Winning Formula: The Wild has had consistency on all lines, and has had some stellar individual efforts. Eight players scored at least one goal in their first matchup; Zach Parise led the Wild with seven points (three goals), and Jason Pominville, Mikael Granlund, Nino Niederreiter and captain Mikko Koivu each had at least three points. The Wild has a good offensive force, and Suter, Brodin, Spurgeon and Scandella on defense as well as Dubnyk in the crease can keep this team in the fight. Minnesota’s power play ranked in the bottom five during the regular season, but was exceptional against the Blues. The penalty-killing unit finished 1st in the NHL during the regular season and went 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) in the 1st Round. Playing significant roles on the PK were defensemen Suter, Brodin, Spurgeon, and Scandella, and forwards Koivu, Brodziak and Cooke.

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Learning from Round 1: In the first round Chicago pulled Crawford in Game 1, and Darling continued to play until Crawford relieved him in Game 6 which contributed to the team moving on to the 2nd Round. It’s important that this team uses all its resources and that includes switching goaltending up when the current man in the crease isn’t being effective. They learned that their fourth line was more effective at winning puck battles when center Marcus Kruger was flanked by Andrew Desjardins at left wing and Andrew Shaw on the right. Timonen and Rozsival have moments when they contribute on defense, but their lapses sometimes lead to scoring chances for the opposing team.  Rozsival finished with a minus-2 rating and gave the puck away too often. The Hawks had the one of the best PK units in the league going into the playoffs, but not in the 1st Round; they allowed six goals in 22 times shorthanded against Nashville for a 72.7 percent success rate tied for 13th among the 16 playoff teams. With the backsliding of their effectiveness on their penalty kill they will need to be better on the power play for their special teams to be effective, but their power play only scored three goals in 19 chances (15.8 percent) in the 1st round.

Winning Formula: Producing offense is a major component for the Blackhawks; Jonathan Toews is tied for the scoring lead in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with eight points (three goals, five assists), and Kane has seven points (two goals, five assists). Patrick Sharp had a strong opening series with three goals and two assists, and he’s tied with right wing Marian Hossa for the Chicago lead in shots on goal (24). Hossa hasn’t scored, but has five assists. This team doesn’t have as much depth on the blueline as they did when they won the Stanley Cup in 2010 or 2013, but Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya still play fast and smart. Keith made goals that decided Game 1 in double overtime, and Game 6 late in the third period. Seabrook had a goal that ended Game 4 one minute into triple overtime for a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. They need to strengthen their PK back to how it was in the regular season and keep calm dealing with the Wild’s forecheck.

Goalie Matchup: Crawford will be starting Game 1. In the first round Crawford began the postseason as the starter, allowed nine goals in his first four periods, and was replaced by Darling. In Game 5 Darling allowed four goals in a 5-2 loss and let in three more in the first period of Game 6 before getting pulled in favor of Crawford who earned the win. Crawford didn’t allow a goal on 13 shots, just as Darling didn’t allow a goal on 42 shots in relief to win Game 1 in double overtime. Prior to the Round 1 series, Crawford had never been pulled from a playoff start by Quenneville and started 57 straight postseason games for the Blackhawks prior to Darling’s start in Game 3. Darling has the better 2.21 goals-against average and .936 save percentage while Crawford in 4.19 goals-against average and has a .850 save percentage. Playing in the crease for Minnesota, Dubnyk, finished the opening round with a 2.32 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. After allowing six goals on 17 shots and being replaced by Kuemper late in the second period of a 6-1 loss in Game 4, Dubnyk rebounded with 36 saves in a 4-1 victory in Game 5 in St. Louis. The team seems to be feeding off of his confidence and ability to thrive under pressure. Dubnyk made saves on 66 of the final 68 shots he faced in Games 5 and 6 after being pulled in the Game 4 loss. In the Game 6 clincher, Dubnyk made 14 saves in the second period and 12 in the third to close the series. In the regular season Dubnyk was 27-9-2 with a 1.78 GAA, .936 save percentage and five shutouts in 38 straight starts. Of the losses, seven were by one goal and two were in a shootout.

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Analysis from the first round for Chicago and Minnesota‘s matchups.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST-ROUND MATCHUPS
SERIES A – A1 vs. W1 TIME (ET) Ottawa-Montreal NETWORKS
Wednesday, April 15 7 p.m. Ottawa at Montreal CBC, TVA Sports, NHL Network
Friday, April 17  7 p.m. Ottawa at Montreal CBC, TVA Sports, CNBC
Sunday, April 19 7 p.m. Montreal at Ottawa CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN
Wednesday, April 22 7 p.m. Montreal at Ottawa CBC, TVA Sports, USA
*Friday, April 24  TBD Ottawa at Montreal CBC
*Sunday, April 26  TBD Montreal at Ottawa CBC
*Tuesday, April 28  TBD Ottawa at Montreal CBC
SERIES B – A2 vs. A3 TIME (ET) Detroit-Tampa Bay NETWORKS
Thursday, April 16 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay CNBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Saturday, April 18 3 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay NBC, CBC, TVA Sports
Tuesday, April 21 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Detroit NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Thursday, April 23 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Detroit NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
*Saturday, April 25 TBD Detroit at Tampa Bay TBD
*Monday, April 27 TBD Tampa Bay at Detroit TBD
*Wednesday, April 29 TBD Detroit at Tampa Bay TBD
SERIES C – M1 vs. W2 TIME (ET) Pittsburgh-NY Rangers NETWORKS
Thursday, April 16 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at NY Rangers NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Saturday, April 18 8 p.m. Pittsburgh at NY Rangers NBC, CBC, TVA Sports
Monday, April 20 7 p.m. NY Rangers at Pittsburgh NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Wednesday, April 22 7 p.m. NY Rangers at Pittsburgh NBCSN, SN 360, TVA Sports
*Friday, April 24 TBD Pittsburgh at NY Rangers TBD
*Sunday, April 26 TBD NY Rangers at Pittsburgh TBD
*Tuesday, April 28 TBD Pittsburgh at NY Rangers TBD
SERIES D – M2 vs. M3 TIME (ET) NY Islanders- Washington NETWORKS
Wednesday, April 15 7 p.m. NY Islanders at Washington USA, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Friday, April 17 7 p.m. NY Islanders at Washington NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Sunday, April 19 Noon Washington at NY Islanders NBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Tuesday, April 21 7:30 p.m. Washington at NY Islanders USA, SN 360, TVA Sports
*Thursday, April 23 TBD NY Islanders at Washington TBD
*Saturday, April 25 TBD Washington at NY Islanders TBD
*Monday, April 27 TBD NY Islanders at Washington TBD
WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST-ROUND MATCHUPS
SERIES E – C1 vs. W1 TIME (ET) Minnesota-St. Louis NETWORKS
Thursday, April 16 9:30 p.m. Minnesota at St. Louis NBCSN, SN 360, TVA Sports
Saturday, April 18 3 p.m. Minnesota at St. Louis NBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Monday, April 20 8 p.m. St. Louis at Minnesota CNBC, SN1, TVA Sports
Wednesday, April 22 9:30 p.m. St. Louis at Minnesota NBCSN, SN 360, TVA Sports
*Friday, April 24 TBD Minnesota at St. Louis TBD
*Sunday, April 26 TBD St. Louis at Minnesota TBD
*Wednesday, April 29 TBD Minnesota at St. Louis TBD
SERIES F – C2 vs. C3 TIME (ET) Chicago-Nashville NETWORKS
Wednesday, April 15 8:30 p.m. Chicago at Nashville NBCSN, SN 360, TVA Sports
Friday, April 17 9:30 p.m. Chicago at Nashville NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Sunday, April 19 3 p.m. Nashville at Chicago NBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Tuesday, April 21 9:30 p.m. Nashville at Chicago NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
*Thursday, April 23 TBD Chicago at Nashville TBD
*Saturday, April 25 TBD Nashville at Chicago TBD
*Monday, April 27 TBD Chicago at Nashville TBD
SERIES G – P1 vs. W2 TIME (ET) Winnipeg-Anaheim NETWORKS
Thursday, April 16 10:30 p.m. Winnipeg at Anaheim CNBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Saturday, April 18 10:30 p.m. Winnipeg at Anaheim NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Monday, April 20 9 p.m. Anaheim at Winnipeg Sportsnet, TVA Sports, NBCSN
Wednesday, April 22 9:30 p.m. Anaheim at Winnipeg Sportsnet, TVA Sports, USA
*Friday, April 24 TBD Winnipeg at Anaheim Sportsnet
*Sunday, April 26 TBD Anaheim at Winnipeg Sportsnet
*Tuesday, April 28 TBD Winnipeg at Anaheim Sportsnet
SERIES H – P2 vs. P3 TIME (ET) Calgary-Vancouver NETWORKS
Wednesday, April 15 10 p.m. Calgary at Vancouver CBC, TVA Sports, USA
Friday, April 17 10 p.m. Calgary at Vancouver CBC, TVA Sports, CNBC
Sunday, April 19 10 p.m. Vancouver at Calgary CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN
Tuesday, April 21 10 p.m. Vancouver at Calgary CBC, TVA Sports, USA
*Thursday, April 23 TBD Calgary at Vancouver CBC
*Saturday, April 25 TBD Vancouver at Calgary CBC
*Monday, April 27 TBD Calgary at Vancouver CBC

* – if necessary TBD – To be determined (JIP) – joined in progress

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