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  1. (1A) Florida Panthers vs. (3A) Tampa Bay Lightning REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS: Panthers: 58-18-6, 122 points Lightning: 51-23-8, 110 points SEASON SERIES: FLA 2-1-1; WAS 2-2-0 GAME BREAKERS: Panthers: Carter Verhaeghe had a first round to remember, outshining big-name teammates such as Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Giroux and Aaron Ekblad by setting Panthers playoff records with six goals and 12 points in six games against the Capitals. The forward scored two goals, including the overtime winner, in Game 4, had five points (two goals, three assists), including the winning goal, in Game 5 and scored another overtime winner and had an assist in Game 6. Lightning: Nikita Kucherov led the Lightning with eight points (two goals, six assists) in the first round, including the tying 5-on-3 goal in third period of their 4-3 overtime victory in Game 6. Kucherov led the League with 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 23 playoff games last season and is fourth among active players with 135 points (46 goals, 89 assists) in 120 playoff games. That includes 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in six games against Florida last postseason. GOALTENDING: Panthers: Sergei Bobrovsky was solid and made timely saves in the first round, finishing with a 2.79 goal-against average and .906 save percentage to win the second postseason series when he played more than two games in his 12 NHL seasons (nine seasons in the playoffs). Bobrovsky was 39-7-3 with a 2.67 GAA, .913 save percentage and three shutouts during the regular season. Rookie backup Spencer Knight didn't play against the Capitals but started the final two games of the series against the Lightning last season, including a 36-save performance in a 4-1 win in Game 5. Lightning: Andrei Vasilevskiy has played every minute of every playoff game for Tampa Bay during its run of nine consecutive series victories. Vasilevskiy's numbers were pedestrian in the first round (3.04 GAA, .897 save percentage), but he further fortified his big-game resume by making 30 saves in Tampa Bay's 2-1 series-clinching win in Game 7 against Toronto on Saturday. Vasilevskiy was 39-18-5 with a 2.49 GAA, .916 save percentage and two shutouts during the regular season. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy voted to the most valuable player in the playoffs last season when he was 16-7 with a 1.99 GAA, .937 save percentage and five shutouts. X FACTORS: Panthers: Ekblad appeared to find his legs and timing as the first round progressed after the defenseman missed the final 20 games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. Ekblad had five points (one goal, four assists) in the six games against Washington and his skating and passing skill were keys to starting Florida's quick-strike transition game. Lightning: Forward Nicholas Paul scored the first two NHL playoff goals of his career in Game 7 against Toronto and might be more important against Florida with Brayden Point's status uncertain after sustaining an apparent lower-body injury Saturday. Paul had 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 21 regular-season games with the Lightning after being acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on March 20. WILL WIN IF: Panthers: Bobrovsky continues to make timely saves, Huberdeau breaks out after a quiet first round (one goal, two assists) and they get off to better starts. Comebacks are the Panthers' specialty but chasing games usually isn't a blueprint for long playoff runs. Lightning: They play team defense like they did in Game 7 against the Maple Leafs (26 blocked shots), Vasilevskiy continues his big-game ways, and they don't run out of gas after playing 55 playoff games over the past three postseasons. But Point's injury is a concern. MORE:
  2. EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMI FINALS GAME #1 — 5/18/22 vs. Location: PNC Arena — Raleigh, NC Time: 7:00 PM TV: ESPN, CBC, SN, TVAS Radio: 98.7 FM, 107.1 FM, 710 AM, Sirius XM USEFUL LINKS: Coverage: @NYP_Brooksie • @StapeAthletic • @ColinSNewsday • @vzmercogliano • @MollieWalkerr Team Official: @NYRangers • NYR on Instagram Official Team Websites: nhl.com/rangers • nhl.com/hurricanes GameCenter - here Series Preview - here SERIES SCHEDULE: Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): Chris Kreider (5) Mika Zibanejad (8) Mika Zibanejad (11) Jacob Trouba, Andrew Copp (+4) Patrik Nemeth, Jacob Trouba (8) Adam Fox (28:25) Mika Zibanejad (22:35) Starting Lineup:^ Chris Kreider A / Mika Zibanejad A / Frank Vatrano Artemi Panarin A / Ryan Strome A / Andrew Copp Alexis Lafrenière / Filip Chytil / Kaapo Kakko Tyler Motte / Kevin Rooney / Ryan Reaves Ryan Lindgren / Adam Fox K'Andre Miller / Jacob Trouba A Justin Braun / Braden Schneider ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Igor Shesterkin GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 7 4-2 .910 3.66 0 Healthy Scratches: Patrik Nemeth , Greg McKegg , Jonny Brodzinski , Julien Gauthier , Libor Hajek , Dryden Hunt Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Sammy Blais [IR] — Knee surgery; Out for season Barclay Goodrow A [DTD] — Broken ankle; week-to-week Zac Jones — Tim Gettinger — Lauri Pajuniemi — Nils Lundkvis — Jarred Tinordi — Matthew Robertson — Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): Seth Jarvis, Andrei Svechnikov, VIncent Trocheck, Nino Niedereiter (3) Tony DeAngelo (7) Tony DeAngelo, Jaccob Slavin (8) Jaccob Slavin (+10) Tony DeAngelo, VIncent Trocheck, Nino Niedereiter (8) Jaccob Slavin (23:02) Sebastian Aho (19:32) Starting Lineup:^ Andrei Svechnikov / Sebastian Aho / Seth Jarvis Teuvo Teravainen / Vincent Trocheck / Martin Necas Nino Niedereiter / Jordan Staal / Jesper Fast Max Domi / Jesperi Kotkaniemi / Derek Stepan Jaccob Slavin / Tony DeAngelo Brady Skjei / Brett Pesce Brendan Smith / Ian Cole ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Antti Raanta GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 6 3-2-0 .927 2.37 0 Healthy Scratches: TBA Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Jake Gardiner [IR] — Back Frederik Andersen [DTD] — Lower Body Jordan Martinook [DTD] — Lower Body QUOTE(S) TO NOTE: "We played them four times this year and they outplayed us in at least three of those games for sure; it means nothing to me right now. We're a confident team right now. We feel good about our team." - Gerard Gallant Content :
  3. (1P) Calgary Flames vs. (2P) Edmonton Oilers REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS: Flames: 50-21-11 — 111 points Oilers: 49-27-6 — 104 points SEASON SERIES: CGY 2-2-0; EDM 2-2-0 GAME BREAKERS: Flames: It took a little time for Gaudreau to get going in the first round against the Stars, but once he did, he was outstanding. He led the Flames with eight points (two goals, six assists) in seven games, including the game- and series-clinching goal 15:09 into overtime on Sunday. Gaudreau, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, is the motor that drives the Flames and he's hitting his form at the perfect time. Oilers: No surprise here that it's McDavid. After leading the NHL with 123 points (44 goals, 79 assists) in 80 regular-season games, he was tremendous against the Kings and leads the NHL this postseason with 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in seven games. He had at least two points in the final three games against Los Angeles, including three points (one goal, two assists) in Games 5 and 6. McDavid has 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in 28 career playoff games. GOALTENDING: Flames: Markstrom reminded everyone why he's a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the best goalie in the NHL, in the first round. He was 4-3 with a 1.53 goals-against average, .943 save percentage and one shutout in seven starts against the Stars. That's after a regular season in which he had an NHL-leading nine shutouts. Oilers: Smith, who played two seasons with the Flames from 2017-19, enters this series against his former team playing well. The 40-year-old was 4-3 with a 2.29 GAA, .938 save percentage and two shutouts, the second coming when he made 29 saves in a 2-0 win against Los Angeles in Game 7. Among goalies who have played at least 10 career playoff games, Smith's save percentage of .932 is second to former Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (.933). X FACTORS: Flames: Elias Lindholm, the center of the top forward line with left wing Gaudreau and right wing Tkachuk, had a nice first round. Lindholm had five points (three goals, two assists) in seven games, third on the Flames behind Gaudreau with eight points and Tkachuk with six (one goal, five assists). Lindholm was tied for the team lead in goals with forward Mikael Backlund. Oilers: Zack Kassian. The forward had two points (one goal, one assist) in seven games against the Kings and was double-shifted in Games 6 and 7. The Flames showed their physical side against the Stars and if that's true of the second round as well, Kassian will be one player expected to counter it. WILL WIN IF: Flames: They can get a little more offense for Markstrom. He did his job in the first round, but scoring a few more goals for their goalie wouldn't hurt. Calgary was hit-and-miss on that front in the first round, and a lot of credit for that goes to Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger, who made life difficult throughout the series. The Flames will see if they can produce a little more against the Oilers, who allowed 2.43 goals per game in the first round. Oilers: If they can keep up their productive ways. Edmonton averaged 3.86 goals per game in the first round, fourth behind Colorado (5.25), the Pittsburgh Penguins (4.14) and New York Rangers (4.00). Obviously that offense goes through McDavid and Draisaitl, but if a few other guys can chip in, the Oilers won't mind. MORE:
  4. (1C) Colorado Avalanche vs. (3C) St. Louis Blues REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS: Avalanche: 56-19-7, 119 points Blues: 49-22-11, 109 points SEASON SERIES: COL 2-1-0; STL 1-2-0 GAME BREAKERS: Avalanche: MacKinnon has 75 points (33 goals, 42 assists) in 54 NHL playoff games. His 1.39 points per game average is tops among active players and third all-time behind Wayne Gretzky (1.84) and Mario Lemieux (1.61) among those to play at least 35 postseason games. Blues: Tarasenko showed his ability to change the complexion of a game, and a series, with his Game 5 performance in a 5-2 win against the Wild. The series was tied 2-2 and the game was 2-2 entering the third period before the forward scored a natural hat trick. He has 57 points (40 goals, 17 assists) in 84 playoff games. GOALTENDING: Avalanche: Kuemper was off to a fast start this postseason and is expected to return after he had a .934 save percentage before an errant stick struck his eye in Game 3 and forced him to miss the remainder of the first-round series. Pavel Francouz had a .902 save percentage against the Predators. Blues: Binnington has reclaimed the starting role he lost to Husso with his strong performance against the Wild. His big-game experience -- he won the Stanley Cup in 2019 -- served him well in the first round. Binnington was 0-4 with an .899 save percentage against the Avalanche in the playoffs last season. Husso had a shutout in his playoff debut against the Wild but allowed nine goals in his next two starts. X FACTORS: Avalanche: Devon Toews gets lost in the hype surrounding Makar, but the defenseman is a force as well. He averaged 24:44 of ice time per game in the first round and had five points (three goals, two assists). His 15 shots tied for fourth on the team. He also sees time on the power play and the penalty kill. Blues: Scott Perunovich did not play until Game 4, pressed into action because of a rash of injuries on defense. He had not played since Jan. 15 because of a wrist injury but stepped right in and had three assists in three games, including two on the power play. WILL WIN IF: Avalanche: They stay out of penalty trouble. The Blues want to turn this series into a special teams battle. Colorado can't let that happen. Blues: Binnington stays confident. It's going to require a special performance to neutralize the high-flying Avalanche offense. Binnington is one of the goalies who can do it, but only if he maintains the confidence he displayed in winning the final three games in the first round. MORE:
  5. EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINALS GAME #7 — 5/15/22 vs. Location: Madison Square Garden — New York, NY Time: 7:00 PM TV: TBS, CBC, SN, TVAS, MSG, ATTSN-PT Radio: 98.7 FM, 107.1 FM, 710 AM, Sirius XM USEFUL LINKS: Coverage: @NYP_Brooksie • @StapeAthletic • @ColinSNewsday • @vzmercogliano • @MollieWalkerr Team Official: @NYRangers • NYR on Instagram Official Team Websites: nhl.com/rangers • nhl.com/penguins GameCenter - here Series Preview - here SERIES SCHEDULE: Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): Andrew Copp, Chris Kreider (4) Mika Zibanejad, Adam Fox (6) Adam Fox (9) Jacob Trouba (+4) Patrik Nemeth (8) Adam Fox (27:58) Artemi Panarin (22:20) Starting Lineup:^ Chris Kreider A / Mika Zibanejad A / Frank Vatrano Artemi Panarin A / Ryan Strome A / Andrew Copp Alexis Lafrenière / Filip Chytil / Kaapo Kakko Patrik Nemeth / Kevin Rooney / Ryan Reaves Ryan Lindgren / Adam Fox K'Andre Miller / Jacob Trouba A Justin Braun / Braden Schneider ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Igor Shesterkin GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 6 3-2 .906 3.82 0 Healthy Scratches: Greg McKegg , Jonny Brodzinski , Julien Gauthier , Libor Hajek , Dryden Hunt Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Sammy Blais [IR] — Knee surgery; Out for season Tyler Motte [IR] — Upper-body injury; Unlikely to return this season Barclay Goodrow A [DTD] — Broken ankle; week-to-week Zac Jones — Tim Gettinger — Lauri Pajuniemi — Nils Lundkvis — Jarred Tinordi — Matthew Robertson — Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): Jake Guentzel (7) Sleepy Boy (7) Sleepy Boy, Jake Guentzel (9) John Marino, Kasperi Kapanen (+4) Shrek (6) Brian Dumoulin (36:35) Bryan Rust (23:20) Starting Lineup:^ Jake Guentzel / Not Sleepy Boy C / Bryan Rust Danton Heinen / Shrek A / Kasperi Kapanen Brock McGinn / Jeff Carter / Evan Rodrigues Drew O'Connor / Teddy Blueger / Brian Boyle Michael Matheson / Kris Letang A John Marino / Marcus Pettersson Mark Friedman / Chad Ruhwedel ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Louis Domingue GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 5 3-3-0 .898 3.65 0 Healthy Scratches: Daniel Sprong, Matt Irwin Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Casey DeSmith [DTD] — Core muscle surgery; out for playoffs Brian Dumoulin [DTD] — Undisclosed; Out for game 3 Rickard Rakell [DTD] — Still trying to figure out what time zone he's in Tristan Jarry [IR] — Broken bone in foot; Will miss first two games of the series, minimum Jason Zucker [IR] — Lower-body injury; Game-time decision for game 3 Nathan Beaulieu [IR] — Lower-body injury Sleepy Boy — Sleeping QUOTE(S) TO NOTE: Let's Fucking Go Content :
  6. (1P) Calgary Flames vs. (2WC) Dallas Stars REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS: Flames: 50-21-11, 111 points Stars: 46-30-6, 98 points SEASON SERIES: CGY 2-0-1; DAL 1-2-0 GAME BREAKERS: Flames: Forward Johnny Gaudreau set NHL career-highs this season in goals (40), assists (75) and points (115), leading Calgary in each category. His point total ranks second in Flames history behind Kent Nilsson, who had 131 (49 goals, 82 assists) in 1980-81. Gaudreau, who is fifth in the NHL with 1.40 points per game, can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Stars: Forward Joe Pavelski led Dallas with an NHL career-high 81 points (27 goals, 54 assists). The 37-year-old continues to be one of the best at redirecting shots in the League and he, along with forwards Jason Robertson and Roope Hintz, have formed a productive top line. GOALTENDING: Flames: Jacob Markstrom carried the bulk of the load in the regular season and is expected to do the same in the playoffs. He went 37-15-9 with a 2.22 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and a League-leading nine shutouts in 63 games (all starts). Dan Vladar was solid in the backup role, going 13-6-2 with a 2.75 GAA, .906 save percentage and two shutouts in 23 games (19 starts). Stars: Jake Oettinger has emerged as their No. 1 goalie. The 23-year-old went 30-15-1 with a 2.53 GAA, .914 save percentage and one shutout in 48 games (46 starts). Scott Wedgewood went 3-1-3 with a 3.05 GAA, .913 save percentage and one shutout in eight games (seven starts) after being acquired in a trade with the Coyotes on March 20. Braden Holtby (10-10-1, 2.78 GAA, .913 save percentage in 24 games, including 22 starts) has not played since March 4 because of a lower-body injury. X FACTORS: Flames: Matthew Tkachuk is entering the playoffs after the best regular season of his career; he was second on the Flames with 104 points (42 goals, 62 assists). His previous NHL season-high was 77 points (34 goals, 43 assists) in 2018-19. Tkachuk provided grit and production on the left wing alongside Gaudreau and center Elias Lindholm to help form one of the League's top lines. Stars: Robertson, a finalist last season for the Calder Trophy, voted as the NHL's top rookie, has looked comfortable with Hintz and Pavelski. He was second on the Stars with 79 points (41 goals, 38 assists) and led them with 13 power-play goals. WILL WIN IF: Flames: Markstrom can be as strong in the playoffs as he was in the regular season. Containing Pavelski's line will be especially key, but Calgary will also have to keep the shots-against manageable. The Flames allowed 29.0 shots per game during the regular season, fifth in the NHL. Stars: They get more offense from someone not named Pavelski, Robertson or Hintz. Those three have been outstanding, and it won't be surprising if they continue to produce in the playoffs. But other lines have to step up to take the onus off the top group. MORE:
  7. (2A) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (3A) Tampa Bay Lightning REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS: Maple Leafs: 54-21-7, 115 points Lightning: 51-23-8, 110 points SEASON SERIES: TOR 2-2-0; TBL 2-1-1 GAME BREAKERS: Maple Leafs: Matthews led the NHL in goals with 60 and even-strength goals with 44. The center led the Maple Leafs in points with 106, nine more than Marner. The 24-year-old scored seven points (three goals, four assists) in three games against the Lightning this season. Lightning: Stamkos scored a hat trick in a 6-4 victory against the New York Islanders on Friday. The forward's 33 points in April are the most by a Lightning player in a calendar month and the most by any NHL skater in a month since Mario Lemieux had 34 in December 1995. GOALTENDING: Maple Leafs: Jack Campbell rebounded from a midseason swoon to win eight of his final nine starts. The 30-year-old represented the Maple Leafs at the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas and finished 31-9-6 with a 2.64 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and an NHL career-high five shutouts. Rookie Erik Kallgren was relied upon to back up after Petr Mrazek was sidelined with a groin injury last month, going 8-4-1 with a 3.31 GAA, .888 save percentage and one shutout. Mrazek resumed skating last week but there is no timetable for his return. Lightning: Despite showing some inconsistency down the stretch, Andrei Vasilevskiy tied Florida's Sergei Bobrovsky for most wins in the NHL (39) and had a 2.49 GAA, .916 save percentage and two shutouts. He has won 34 postseason games in the past two seasons. Veteran Brian Elliott (11-4-3, 2.43 GAA, .912 save percentage, one shutout) is a solid backup. X FACTORS: Maple Leafs: Getting Bunting back is key after he led all NHL rookies in points during the regular season with 63 (23 goals, 40 assists). Just as important is the sandpaper and feistiness he brings to the top line, goading opponents into penalties and creating space in the offensive zone for Marner and Matthews. Lightning: Nick Paul has been a revelation since being acquired in a trade with the Senators, scoring 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 21 games with the Lightning after scoring 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 59 games with the Senators. The Lightning knew they were getting a physical forward in the March 20 trade, but Paul has shown the type of secondary scoring that is so vital in the playoffs. WILL WIN IF: Maple Leafs: They can get out of their own way. As daunting a task as it is facing the powerhouse Lightning in the first round, this edition of the Maple Leafs is the most skilled one in a long time. Consider this: 13 players set NHL career highs in points this season. But recent postseason history shows the Maple Leafs have been unable to match their success once playoff time comes around. A year ago, for example, Matthews and Marner, their leading scorers, combined for one goal (by Matthews) in seven games in the series against the Canadiens. The talent is there but so is the pressure of playoff failures past. It's a mental obstacle they need to overcome. Lightning: They can smother the Maple Leafs' high-octane power play. Playoff series often are determined by the special team battles, and this one should be no different. Toronto had the NHL's top power play (27.3 percent), led by Matthews (16 power-play goals) and William Nylander (13), so Tampa Bay's penalty killers will be put to the test. The Lightning ranked 11th in penalty kill (80.6 percent) and scored seven shorthanded goals this season, five less than the league-leading Maple Leafs. MORE:
  8. (2P) Edmonton Oilers vs. (3P) Los Angeles Kings REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS: Oilers: 49-27-6, 104 points Kings: 44-27-11, 99 points SEASON SERIES: EDM 3-1-0; LAK 1-2-1 GAME BREAKERS: Oilers: McDavid will become the seventh player in NHL history with at least four scoring titles (Wayne Gretzky, 10; Mario Lemieux, six; Gordie Howe, six; Phil Esposito, five; Jaromir Jagr, five; Stan Mikita, four). His NHL career-best season was the fifth time he's scored at least 100 points in the regular season. The 25-year-old has 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 21 playoff games. Kings: Adrian Kempe has been a streaky scorer this season but finished with a career-best 35 goals and seven game-winners to lead the Kings. The 25-year-old has elite speed and plays both special teams for Los Angeles. Kempe scored 54 points (35 goals, 19 assists) in 78 games to post the best point total of his career despite a slow start with one assist in his first six games and a second-half slump, going pointless in 10 games between Feb. 26-March 15. GOALTENDING: Oilers: Mike Smith (16-9-2, 2.81 goals against average, .915 save percentage, two shutouts in 28 games) has had a strong second half after missing most of the first half due to injury. Smith, 40, won nine straight games (April 1-26) to tie Jacques Plante for the longest win streak in NHL history by a goalie aged 40 or older. Mikko Koskinen (27-12-4, 3.10 GAA, .903 save percentage, one shutout in 45 games) is the backup. Kings: Jonathan Quick (23-13-9, 2.59 GAA, .910 save percentage, two shutouts in 46 games) is the Kings starter. The 36-year-old has extensive playoff experience; (46-39, 2.23 GAA, .922 save percentage, nine shutouts in 85 games) but has not had a playoff start since April 17, 2018. He won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and 2014. Cal Petersen (20-14-2, 2.89 GAA, .895 save percentage, three shutouts in 37 games) is the backup. X FACTORS: Oilers: Kailer Yamamoto. This will be the 23-year-old's third trip to the playoffs, with one assist in eight previous games. Yamamoto had 41 points (20 goals, 21 assists) in 81 regular-season games but averaged fewer than 1.5 shots per game (114 shots in 81 games). That's a low number for a top-six forward but if he can find the mark a little more given the quality minutes he plays, it could make a major difference for Edmonton. Kings: Viktor Arvidsson. The 29-year-old is in the postseason for the seventh straight year and he's found a way to contribute in the past, with 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 61 playoff games for the Nashville Predators between 2016-21. Arvidsson is coming of a season in which he scored 49 points (20 goals, 29 assists) in 66 games and his ability to create and finish opportunities enhances the Kings' chances. WILL WIN IF: Oilers: McDavid and Draisaitl are always going to get their opportunities but Edmonton's success will be more dependent on how well it defends. The Oilers chances go up proportionately with how much they improve on the 3.75 goals against per game they allowed in their past two postseason appearances, both losses in the opening round. Kings: Strong goaltending and alert defending keep the Oilers' stars from lighting up the scoreboard. A run-and-gun series won't favor Los Angeles, which scored an average of 2.87 goals per game this season compared to Edmonton's 3.48, but it will still need down-the-lineup offensive contributions. MORE:
  9. (2C) Minnesota Wild vs. (3C) St. Louis Blues REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS: Wild: 53-22-7, 113 points Blues: 49-22-11, 109 points SEASON SERIES: MIN 0-1-2; STL 3-0-0 GAME BREAKERS: Wild: Kaprizov has been a handful since he arrived in the NHL at the start of the 2020-21 season, which ended with him winning the Calder Trophy voted as NHL rookie of the year. This season, he was better. He became the first player in Wild history to score 100 points. His 47 goals this season led the Wild and were fifth in the NHL. Blues: Tarasenko reemerged as one of the most dangerous offensive players in the NHL after a two-year, injury-induced absence from the list. On a team full of prolific scorers, nobody has been more lethal than Tarasenko, who also led the Blues with 230 shots on goal. Tarasenko was limited to seven goals in 34 regular-season games during the past two seasons but is now playing at the level that saw him score at least 30 goals in five straight seasons from 2014-19. GOALTENDING: Wild: It is an embarrassment of riches since the Wild acquired Marc-Andre Fleury before the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline. Fleury won the Stanley Cup three times with the Pittsburgh Penguins and went to two other Cup Finals, most recently with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in 2017. Since arriving to Minnesota, he is 9-2-0 with a 2.74 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. He has also lit a fire under Talbot, the incumbent who is 8-0-3 with a 2.25 GAA and .925 save percentage since the deadline. Blues: It appears that Ville Husso has stolen the No. 1 job from incumbent Jordan Binnington, one of the heroes of the run to the 2019 Stanley Cup title. Husso earned the lion's share of the work down the stretch of the regular season and has been the better goalie, going 25-7-6 with a 2.56 GAA and .919 save percentage. Binnington went 18-14-4 with a 3.13 GAA and .901 save percentage. He is 9-8-1 with a 3.45 GAA and .891 save percentage since Jan. 1. X FACTORS: Wild: Matt Boldy. The rookie did not report to the Wild until a callup from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Jan. 6. He has been virtually unstoppable as a second-line wing, scoring 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) in 47 games. Maple Leafs forward Michael Bunting, a candidate for the Calder Trophy given to the NHL rookie of the year, is the only rookie with more points (44) in that span. Boldy gives the Minnesota offense length it did not have before he arrived. Blues: Nick Leddy. On a team full of offensive luminaries, it a defenseman, that could be the difference-maker. Leddy was acquired before the deadline for depth purposes but played 21:03 per game in a top-four role. He can provide a bit of offense, especially as part of the rotation on the power play and has been solid in all facets of the game. WILL WIN IF: Wild: They stay out of the penalty box. Minnesota doesn't have the players on either side of the equation to win a series dominated by special teams. No team in the playoff field allowed as many 5-on-4 goals as the 60 given up by the Wild. The Blues led the NHL in 5-on-4 goals with 63. Blues: They find adequate goaltending. The offense is all-world, and the defense is above average, so it will be goaltending that proves to be the difference-maker. Binnington is the incumbent and has experience making a long playoff run but was inconsistent. Husso has been more consistent but has never appeared in an NHL postseason game. MORE:
  10. (1M) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (1W) Boston Bruins REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS: Hurricanes: 54-20-8, 116 points Bruins: 51-26-5, 107 points SEASON SERIES: EDM 3-0-0; BOS 0-3-0 GAME BREAKERS: Hurricanes: Forward Sebastian Aho has become a certified star, a player who can do it all and often does. He is a speedy scoring threat with defensive ability and leadership, and he can break open a game and a series. The 24-year-old led the Hurricanes with 81 points (37 goals, 44 assists) in 79 games this season, just missing his NHL career high of 83 points set in 2018-19. But the way he has taken to the playoffs has been even more impressive, averaging more than a point per game, with 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 34 career games, and consistently coming through -- regular season and postseason -- when the Hurricanes need a boost. Bruins: Forward David Pastrnak is all flash, from the suits he wears to how he can rip the puck, and when that flash is on, there's almost no stopping him. Pastrnak didn't approach the heights of two seasons ago, when he had 95 points and co-won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal-scorer with 48 goals, but he did finish with 77 points (40 goals, 37 assists) in 72 games and hit the 40-goal mark for the second time in his career. GOALTENDING: Hurricanes: With Andersen unavailable to start the series, Raanta could get the nod. He was 15-5-4 with a 2.45 GAA, .912 save percentage and two shutouts in 28 games (26 starts) this season, and has played in five career playoff games, all in relief. Kochetkov, who was recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on April 18, made his NHL debut five days later and went 3-0-0, with a 2.42 GAA and .902 save percentage in three games (two starts). Bruins: For the past decade, the Bruins have gone into the playoffs with one name written in permanent marker on the lineup card: Tuukka Rask. This season, Cassidy will be using pencil as he is expected to rely on his two goalies, Ullmark and Swayman. The goalies split starts this season, and performed nearly equally, leading to a postseason in which the net may be a game-to-game decision. Ullmark was 26-10-2 with a 2.45 GAA and .917 save percentage in 41 games (39 starts). Swayman was 23-14-3 with a 2.41 GAA and .914 save percentage in 41 games (39 starts). X FACTORS: Hurricanes: Tony DeAngelo has been a perfect fit with the Hurricanes. The defenseman tied forward Vincent Trocheck for the fourth-most points on the team with 51 (10 goals, 41 assists) and even teammate Brendan Smith, who also played with DeAngelo for the New York Rangers, said recently, "He's been our X-factor." That should continue into the playoffs. Bruins: Cassidy took a risk when he broke up his top line in January, moving Pastrnak down and searching for a right wing to fit with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. He found that player in Jake DeBrusk, who has a chance to be a real presence in the postseason. DeBrusk is getting the significant role he's been dreaming of in Boston and has the results to back it up with 42 points (25 goals, 17 assists) in 77 games and finished tied with Bergeron for the third-most goals on the team. If he continues the way he's been playing since February, he could be a major driver for the Bruins success. WILL WIN IF: Hurricanes: Their goaltending holds up. Whether Andersen makes it back in the first round or Carolina is forced to rely on the combination of Raanta and Kochetkov, goaltending will be key to whether Carolina can finally overcome the Bruins and advance into the second round. Bruins: The Bruins offense can breakthrough. Boston is middle-of-the-pack when it comes to production, sitting 15th in the NHL at 3.09 goals per game. But they have the potential to go off, with a top-six that can make some noise in a playoff series. Should they get hot -- especially on the power play -- all bets are off. MORE:
  11. EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINALS GAME #6 — 5/13/22 vs. Location: Finger Painting Arena — Pittsburgh, PA Time: 7:00 PM TV: TNT, CBC, SN, TVAS, MSG, ATTSN-PT Radio: 98.7 FM, 107.1 FM, 710 AM, Sirius XM USEFUL LINKS: Coverage: @NYP_Brooksie • @StapeAthletic • @ColinSNewsday • @vzmercogliano • @MollieWalkerr Team Official: @NYRangers • NYR on Instagram Official Team Websites: nhl.com/rangers • nhl.com/penguins GameCenter - here Series Preview - here SERIES SCHEDULE: Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): Andrew Copp, Adam Fox (3) Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin (4) Artemi Panarin (6) Jacob Trouba (+5) Patrik Nemeth (8) Adam Fox (28:37) Mika Zibanejad (22:53) Starting Lineup:^ Chris Kreider A / Mika Zibanejad A / Frank Vatrano Artemi Panarin A / Ryan Strome A / Andrew Copp Alexis Lafrenière / Filip Chytil / Kaapo Kakko Patrik Nemeth / Kevin Rooney / Ryan Reaves Ryan Lindgren / Adam Fox K'Andre Miller / Jacob Trouba A Justin Braun / Braden Schneider ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Igor Shesterkin GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 5 2-2 .905 3.99 0 Healthy Scratches: Greg McKegg , Jonny Brodzinski , Julien Gauthier , Libor Hajek , Dryden Hunt Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Sammy Blais [IR] — Knee surgery; Out for season Tyler Motte [IR] — Upper-body injury; Unlikely to return this season Barclay Goodrow A [DTD] — Broken ankle; week-to-week Zac Jones — Tim Gettinger — Lauri Pajuniemi — Nils Lundkvis — Jarred Tinordi — Matthew Robertson — Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): Jake Guentzel (7) Sleepy Boy (7) Sleepy Boy (9) John Marino (+4) Shrek (6) Brian Dumoulin (36:35) Bryan Rust (23:23) Starting Lineup:^ Jake Guentzel / Not Sleepy Boy C / Bryan Rust Danton Heinen / Shrek A / Kasperi Kapanen Brock McGinn / Jeff Carter / Evan Rodrigues Drew O'Connor / Teddy Blueger / Brian Boyle Michael Matheson / Kris Letang A John Marino / Marcus Pettersson Mark Friedman / Chad Ruhwedel ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Louis Domingue GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 4 3-2-0 .900 3.56 0 Healthy Scratches: Daniel Sprong, Matt Irwin Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Casey DeSmith [DTD] — Core muscle surgery; out for playoffs Brian Dumoulin [DTD] — Undisclosed; Out for game 3 Rickard Rakell [DTD] — Still trying to figure out what time zone he's in Tristan Jarry [IR] — Broken bone in foot; Will miss first two games of the series, minimum Jason Zucker [IR] — Lower-body injury; Game-time decision for game 3 Nathan Beaulieu [IR] — Lower-body injury Sleepy Boy — Sleeping QUOTE(S) TO NOTE: "What do we say to the god of death?" - Ryan Lindgren, maybe Content :
  12. (1A) Florida Panthers vs. (2WC) Washington Capitals REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS: Panthers: 58-18-6, 122 points Capitals: 44-26-12, 100 points SEASON SERIES: FLA 2-1-0; WAS 1-1-1 GAME BREAKERS: Panthers: Huberdeau established himself as an elite offensive player during the regular season. He tied Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames for second in the League with an NHL career-high 115 points and led with 85 assists (also an NHL career high) in 80 games. He has scored 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 16 career playoff games, including 10 points (two goals, six assists) in six games during a first-round loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. Capitals: Ovechkin was fourth in the NHL with 50 goals in 77 regular-season games, tying the League record shared by Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy with his ninth 50-goal season. The 36-year-old forward's 40 assists were his most since he had 53 in 2010-11 and his 90 points the most since he scored 109 in 2009-10. Ovechkin has never missed a playoff game in his 17-season NHL career and leads active players in goals with 71 in 141 postseason games. GOALTENDING: Panthers: Sergei Bobrovsky tied Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the NHL lead in wins (39-7-3) while posting a 2.67 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and three shutouts. But the two-time winner of the Vezina Trophy awarded to the NHL's top goalie (2012-13, 2016-17 as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets) is 13-23 with a 3.24 GAA and .899 save percentage in 41 playoff games and has won one postseason series. Backup Spencer Knight (19-9-3, 2.79 GAA, .908 save percentage, two shutouts in his first full NHL season) started the final two games of Florida's first-round loss to Tampa Bay in 2021. Capitals: Laviolette has yet to reveal a Game 1 starter between Ilya Samsonov (23-12-5, 3.02 GAA, .896 save percentage, three shutouts) and Vitek Vanecek (20-12-6, 2.67 GAA, .908 save percentage, four shutouts), who have been inconsistent. Vanecek started the playoff opener against the Boston Bruins as a rookie last season but injured his hamstring in the first period and missed the remainder of the series. Samsonov was 0-3 with a 2.99 GAA and .899 save percentage in that series. X FACTORS: Panthers: Claude Giroux was acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers prior to the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline to add to Florida's offensive depth and bring playoff experience, which will be invaluable for a number of players who have never won a postseason series. Although the forward has never won the Stanley Cup, he reached the 2010 Stanley Cup Final with Philadelphia and he's scored 73 points (25 goals, 48 assists) in 85 playoff games. Capitals: Forward Anthony Mantha missed nearly four months while recovering from shoulder surgery, but has played well since returning March 3, scoring 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 27 games. Mantha's scoring from the third line could be a difference-maker for Washington in the playoffs. WILL WIN IF: Panthers: Their defense and Bobrovsky play well enough not to offset their advantage in scoring depth. The possibility of getting defenseman Aaron Ekblad back from a lower-body injury that has kept him out since March 18 will also help. Capitals: Ovechkin is healthy enough to be effective, they play within their defensive structure and are able to wear down the Panthers with their forecheck and physical game. But none of that will matter if Washington's goalie allows a questionable goal or two a game. MORE:
  13. EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINALS GAME #5 — 5/11/22 vs. Location: Madison Square Garden — New York, NY Time: 7:00 PM TV: ESPN, CBC, SN, TVAS, MSG, ATTSN-PT Radio: 98.7 FM, 107.1 FM, 710 AM, Sirius XM USEFUL LINKS: Coverage: @NYP_Brooksie • @StapeAthletic • @ColinSNewsday • @vzmercogliano • @MollieWalkerr Team Official: @NYRangers • NYR on Instagram Official Team Websites: nhl.com/rangers • nhl.com/penguins GameCenter - here Series Preview - here SERIES SCHEDULE: Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): Andrew Copp (3) Mika Zibanejad (4) Artemi Panarin (5) Jacob Trouba (+2) Patrik Nemeth (8) Adam Fox (29:10) Mika Zibanejad (23:07) Starting Lineup:^ Chris Kreider A / Mika Zibanejad A / Frank Vatrano Artemi Panarin A / Ryan Strome A / Andrew Copp Alexis Lafrenière / Filip Chytil / Kaapo Kakko Dryden Hunt / Kevin Rooney / Ryan Reaves Justin Braun / Adam Fox K'Andre Miller / Jacob Trouba A Patrik Nemeth / Braden Schneider ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Igor Shesterkin GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 4 1-2 .906 4.26 0 Healthy Scratches: Greg McKegg , Jonny Brodzinski , Julien Gauthier , Libor Hajek Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Sammy Blais [IR] — Knee surgery; Out for season Tyler Motte [IR] — Upper-body injury; Unlikely to return this season Barclay Goodrow A [DTD] — Broken ankle; week-to-week Ryan Lindgren [DTD] — Lower-body injury; day-to-day questionable for Game 3 Zac Jones — Tim Gettinger — Lauri Pajuniemi — Nils Lundkvis — Jarred Tinordi — Matthew Robertson — Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): Jake Guentzel (5) Sidney Crosby (7) Sidney Crosby (9) Kasperi Kapanen (+4) Jeff Carter, Danton Heinen (4) Brian Dumoulin (36:34) Bryan Rust (23:48) Starting Lineup:^ Jake Guentzel / Sidney Crosby C / Bryan Rust Danton Heinen / Evgeni Malkin A / Kasperi Kapanen Brock McGinn / Jeff Carter / Evan Rodrigues Drew O'Connor / Teddy Blueger / Brian Boyle Michael Matheson / Kris Letang A John Marino / Marcus Pettersson Mark Friedman / Chad Ruhwedel ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Louis Domingue GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 3 3-1-0 .906 3.43 0 Healthy Scratches: Daniel Sprong, Matt Irwin Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Casey DeSmith [DTD] — Core muscle surgery; out for playoffs Brian Dumoulin [DTD] — Undisclosed; Out for game 3 Rickard Rakell [DTD] — Still trying to figure out what time zone he's in Tristan Jarry [IR] — Broken bone in foot; Will miss first two games of the series, minimum Jason Zucker [IR] — Lower-body injury; Game-time decision for game 3 Nathan Beaulieu [IR] — Lower-body injury QUOTE(S) TO NOTE: "Generic response to bad game played. Something about compete level, not winning puck battles, our guys, their guys. Something about the next game and not looking back" - Someone, probably. GIF(s) to I Dunno :
  14. EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINALS GAME #4 — 5/9/22 @ Location: PPG Paints Arena — Pittsburgh, PA Time: 7:00 PM TV: ESPN, CBC, SN, TVAS, MSG, ATTSN-PT Radio: 98.7 FM, 107.1 FM, 710 AM, Sirius XM USEFUL LINKS: Coverage: @NYP_Brooksie • @StapeAthletic • @ColinSNewsday • @vzmercogliano • @MollieWalkerr Team Official: @NYRangers • NYR on Instagram Official Team Websites: nhl.com/rangers • nhl.com/penguins GameCenter - here Series Preview - here SERIES SCHEDULE: Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): Andrew Copp (3) Mika Zibanejad (3) Chris Kreider, Frank Vatrano, Artemi Panarin (4) K'Andre Miller (+4) Patrik Nemeth (6) Adam Fox (31:43) Mika Zibanejad (24:55) Starting Lineup:^ Chris Kreider A / Mika Zibanejad A / Frank Vatrano Artemi Panarin A / Ryan Strome A / Andrew Copp Alexis Lafrenière / Filip Chytil / Kaapo Kakko Dryden Hunt / Kevin Rooney / Ryan Reaves Justin Braun / Adam Fox K'Andre Miller / Jacob Trouba A Patrik Nemeth / Braden Schneider ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Igor Shesterkin GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 3 1-1 .928 3.23 0 Healthy Scratches: Greg McKegg , Jonny Brodzinski , Julien Gauthier , Libor Hajek Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Sammy Blais [IR] — Knee surgery; Out for season Tyler Motte [IR] — Upper-body injury; Unlikely to return this season Barclay Goodrow A [DTD] — Broken ankle; week-to-week Ryan Lindgren [DTD] — Lower-body injury; day-to-day questionable for Game 3 Zac Jones — Tim Gettinger — Lauri Pajuniemi — Nils Lundkvis — Jarred Tinordi — Matthew Robertson — Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): Jake Guentzel (4) Sidney Crosby (5) Sidney Crosby (6) John Marino (+3) Jeff Carter, Danton Heinen (4) Brian Dumoulin (36:35) Bryan Rust (25:45) Starting Lineup:^ Jake Guentzel / Sidney Crosby C / Bryan Rust Danton Heinen / Evgeni Malkin A / Kasperi Kapanen Brock McGinn / Jeff Carter / Evan Rodrigues Drew O'Connor / Teddy Blueger / Brian Boyle Michael Matheson / Kris Letang A John Marino / Marcus Pettersson Mark Friedman / Chad Ruhwedel ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Louis Domingue GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 2 2-1-0 .903 4.03 0 Healthy Scratches: Daniel Sprong, Matt Irwin Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Casey DeSmith [DTD] — Core muscle surgery; out for playoffs Brian Dumoulin [DTD] — Undisclosed; Out for game 3 Rickard Rakell [DTD] — Still trying to figure out what time zone he's in Tristan Jarry [IR] — Broken bone in foot; Will miss first two games of the series, minimum Jason Zucker [IR] — Lower-body injury; Game-time decision for game 3 Nathan Beaulieu [IR] — Lower-body injury QUOTE(S) TO NOTE: “It was just, 'Man up.' They’re a good team we’re playing over there, but there's no difference. Their rink size is the same length and you’ve got to go out and play the game. Let’s man up and be men about this. We're not going to die. We're not going to sit back and let them continue to play like that against us.' And we came out and we caught them pretty good. We battled back in that hockey game.” — Gerard Gallant on the Rangers comeback from down 4-1 GIF to BELIEVE :
  15. (1C) Colorado Avalanche vs. (2WC) Nashville Predators REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS: Avalanche: 56-19-7, 119 points Predators: 45-30-7, 97 points SEASON SERIES: COL 1-1-2; NSH 3-1-0 GAME BREAKERS: Avalanche: Nathan MacKinnon has 69 points (28 goals, 41 assists) in 50 NHL playoff games. The center's 1.38 points per game average is third in League history among players who have played at least 35 playoff games, behind Wayne Gretzky (1.84) and Mario Lemieux (1.61). Rantanen (1.21) is seventh on that list. Predators: Matt Duchene led Nashville with 43 goals in the regular season, an NHL career high. Filip Forsberg was right behind with 42, also an NHL career high. GOALTENDING: Avalanche: Darcy Kuemper was one of the best goalies in the League in the regular season. He tied for fourth in wins (37) with Jacob Markstrom of the Calgary Flames, and he was fifth in save percentage (.921) among goalies who played at least 20 games. But he went 0-0-2 against the Predators with a 4.23 goals-against average and .870 save percentage. Predators: If Saros can play, Nashville will have an elite goalie to match up against Kuemper. If not, they will turn to David Rittich, who went 6-3-4 with a 3.57 GAA and .886 save percentage in 17 regular-season games (12 starts), including 1-1-0 with a 4.80 GAA and .877 save percentage against Colorado. He has 17 minutes of playoff experience, allowing 3 goals on nine shots for the Calgary Flames in a 7-3 loss to the Dallas Stars in the first round in 2020. X FACTORS: Avalanche: Nazem Kadri can be an excellent two-way center if he plays to his potential and stays out of trouble. Kadri set NHL career-highs in assists (59) and points (87) this season while scoring 28 goals. He has been suspended six times for a total of 16 playoff games and 11 regular-season games, including an eight-game suspension for a hit to the head of St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk in Game 2 of the first round last season. Predators: Tanner Jeannot, a 24-year-old undrafted free agent forward, scored 24 goals in the regular season, most among NHL rookies and fourth on the Predators. WILL WIN IF: Avalanche: Their stars play like stars, their power play makes the Predators pay for taking penalties, and Kuemper gives them the edge in goal. Predators: Saros is healthy and outduels Kuemper, or Rittich surprises in his place. Nashville also needs to stay out of the box if it hopes to continue to succeed against Colorado like it did in the regular season. MORE:
  16. EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINALS GAME #3 — 5/7/22 @ Location: PPG Paints Arena — Pittsburgh, PA Time: 7:00 PM TV: ESPN, CBC, SN, TVAS, MSG, ATTSN-PT Radio: 98.7 FM, 107.1 FM, 710 AM, Sirius XM USEFUL LINKS: Coverage: @NYP_Brooksie • @StapeAthletic • @ColinSNewsday • @vzmercogliano Team Official: @NYRangers • NYR on Instagram Official Team Websites: nhl.com/rangers • nhl.com/penguins GameCenter - here Series Preview - here SERIES SCHEDULE: Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): Andrew Copp, Chris Kreider (2) K'Andre Miller, Artemi Panarin, Frank Vatrano, Mika Zibanejad (2) Chris Kreider, Artemi Panarin, Frank Vatrano (3) K'Andre Miller (+3) Patrik Nemeth (6) Adam Fox (33:57) Mika Zibanejad (27:15) Starting Lineup:^ Chris Kreider A / Mika Zibanejad A / Frank Vatrano Artemi Panarin A / Ryan Strome A / Andrew Copp Alexis Lafrenière / Filip Chytil / Kaapo Kakko Ryan Reaves / Kevin Rooney /Dryden Hunt Justin Braun / Adam Fox K'Andre Miller / Jacob Trouba A Patrik Nemeth / Braden Schneider ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Igor Shesterkin GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 2 1-1 .952 2.17 0 Healthy Scratches: Greg McKegg , Jonny Brodzinski , Julien Gauthier , Libor Hajek Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Sammy Blais [IR] — Knee surgery; Out for season Tyler Motte [IR] — Upper-body injury; Unlikely to return this season Barclay Goodrow A [DTD] — Broken ankle; week-to-week Ryan Lindgren [DTD] — Lower-body injury; day-to-day questionable for Game 3 Zac Jones — Tim Gettinger — Lauri Pajuniemi — Nils Lundkvis — Jarred Tinordi — Matthew Robertson — Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): Jake Guentzel (3) Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust (3) Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust (4) John Marino (+2) Jeff Carter (4) Kristopher Letang (36:38) Jake Guentzel (28:18) Starting Lineup:^ Jake Guentzel / Sidney Crosby C / Bryan Rust Danton Heinen / Evgeni Malkin A / Kasperi Kapanen Brock McGinn / Jeff Carter / Evan Rodrigues Drew O'Connor / Teddy Blueger / Brian Boyle Michael Matheson / Kris Letang A John Marino / Marcus Pettersson Mark Friedman / Chad Ruhwedel ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Louis Domingue GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 1 1-1-0 .912 4.05 0 Healthy Scratches: Daniel Sprong, Matt Irwin Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Casey DeSmith [DTD] — Core muscle surgery; out for playoffs Brian Dumoulin [DTD] — Undisclosed; Out for game 3 Rickard Rakell [DTD] — Still trying to figure out what time zone he's in Tristan Jarry [IR] — Broken bone in foot; Will miss first two games of the series, minimum Jason Zucker [IR] — Lower-body injury; Game-time decision for game 3 Nathan Beaulieu [IR] — Lower-body injury QUOTE(S) TO NOTE: — Gerard Gallant on the play of the Kid Line in Game 2 GIF to BELIEVE :
  17. EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINALS GAME #2 — 5/5/22 vs. Location: Madison Square Garden — New York, NY Time: 7:00 PM TV: ESPN, CBC, SN, TVAS, MSG, ATTSN-PT Radio: 98.7 FM, 107.1 FM, 710 AM, Sirius XM USEFUL LINKS: Coverage: @NYP_Brooksie • @StapeAthletic • @ColinSNewsday • @vzmercogliano Team Official: @NYRangers • NYR on Instagram Official Team Websites: nhl.com/rangers • nhl.com/penguins GameCenter - here Series Preview - here SERIES SCHEDULE: Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): Andrew Copp, Adam Fox, Chris Kreider (1) Mika Zibanejad (2) Chris Kreider, Adam Fox, Mika Zibanejad (2) K'Andre Miller, Jacob Trouba (+1) Patrik Nemeth (4) Adam Fox, K'Andre Miller (44:28) Andrew Copp (34:19) Starting Lineup:^ Chris Kreider A / Mika Zibanejad A / Frank Vatrano Artemi Panarin A / Ryan Strome A / Andrew Copp Alexis Lafrenière / Filip Chytil / Kaapo Kakko Ryan Reaves / Barclay Goodrow A / Kevin Rooney Ryan Lindgren / Adam Fox K'Andre Miller / Jacob Trouba A Patrik Nemeth / Braden Schneider ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Igor Shesterkin GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 1 0-1 .952 2.26 0 Healthy Scratches: Dryden Hunt , Greg McKegg , Jonny Brodzinski , Julien Gauthier , Justin Braun , Libor Hajek Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Sammy Blais [IR] — Knee surgery; Out for season Tyler Motte [IR] — Upper-body injury; Unlikely to return this season Zac Jones — Tim Gettinger — Lauri Pajuniemi — Nils Lundkvist — Jarred Tinordi — Matthew Robertson — Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): Jake Guentzel (2) Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust (2) Bryan Rust (3) Jake Guentzel, Kasperi Kapanen, Brock McGinn, Bryan Rust, John Marino, Matt Matheson, Marcus Pettersson (+1) Teddy Blueger (2) Kristopher Letang (46:41) Jake Guentzel (36:23) Starting Lineup:^ Jake Guentzel / Sidney Crosby C / Bryan Rust Danton Heinen / Evgeni Malkin A / Rickard Rakell Brock McGinn / Jeff Carter / Kasperi Kapanen Brian Boyle / Teddy Blueger / Evan Rodrigues Brian Dumoulin / Kris Letang A Michael Matheson / Chad Ruhwedel Marcus Pettersson / John Marino ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Louis Domingue GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 0 1-0-0 1.000 0.00 0 Healthy Scratches: Daniel Sprong, Matt Irwin Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Casey DeSmith [DTD] — Had to take a dump Rickard Rakell [DTD] — Still trying to figure out what time zone he's in Tristan Jarry [IR] — Broken bone in foot; Will miss first two games of the series, minimum Jason Zucker [IR] — Lower-body injury; Expected to be out until at least May 9 Nathan Beaulieu [IR] — Lower-body injury; Expected to be out until at least May 3 QUOTE(S) TO NOTE: — Gerard Gallant's mantra to the team after a disappointing 3OT loss to PIT in Game 1 GIF to BELIEVE :
  18. EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINALS GAME #1 — 5/3/22 vs. Location: Madison Square Garden — New York, NY Time: 7:00 PM TV: ESPN, CBC, SN, TVAS, MSG, ATTSN-PT Radio: 98.7 FM, 107.1 FM, 710 AM, Sirius XM USEFUL LINKS: Coverage: @NYP_Brooksie • @StapeAthletic • @ColinSNewsday • @vzmercogliano Team Official: @NYRangers • NYR on Instagram Official Team Websites: nhl.com/rangers • nhl.com/penguins GameCenter - here Series Preview - here SERIES SCHEDULE: Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): N/A (0) N/A (0) N/A (0) N/A (0) N/A (0) N/A (0:00) N/A (0:00) Starting Lineup:^ Chris Kreider A / Mika Zibanejad A / Frank Vatrano Artemi Panarin A / Ryan Strome A / Andrew Copp Alexis Lafrenière / Filip Chytil / Kaapo Kakko Dryden Hunt / Barclay Goodrow A / Kevin Rooney Ryan Lindgren / Adam Fox K'Andre Miller / Jacob Trouba A Patrik Nemeth / Braden Schneider ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Igor Shesterkin GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 0 0-0-0 N/A N/A 0 Healthy Scratches: Ryan Reaves , Greg McKegg , Jonny Brodzinski , Julien Gauthier , Justin Braun , Libor Hajek Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Sammy Blais [IR] — Knee surgery; Out for season Tyler Motte [IR] — Upper-body injury; Unlikely to return this season Zac Jones — Tim Gettinger — Lauri Pajuniemi — Nils Lundkvis — Jarred Tinordi — Matthew Robertson — Team Leaders: Goals: Assists: Points: +/-: PIM: TOI/G (D): TOI/G (F): N/A (0) N/A (0) N/A (0) N/A (0) N/A (0) N/A (0:00) N/A (0:00) Starting Lineup:^ Jake Guentzel / Sidney Crosby C / Bryan Rust Danton Heinen / Evgeni Malkin A / Rickard Rakell Brock McGinn / Jeff Carter / Kasperi Kapanen Brian Boyle / Teddy Blueger / Evan Rodrigues Brian Dumoulin / Kris Letang A Michael Matheson / Chad Ruhwedel Marcus Pettersson / John Marino ^Subject to change Starting Goaltender: Casey DeSmith GS: REC: SV%: GAA: SO: 0 0-0-0 N/A N/A 0 Healthy Scratches: Daniel Sprong, Matt Irwin Injuries, Suspensions, Misc: Tristan Jarry [IR] — Broken bone in foot; Will miss first two games of the series, minimum Jason Zucker [IR] — Lower-body injury; Expected to be out until at least May 9 Nathan Beaulieu [IR] — Lower-body injury; Expected to be out until at least May 3 QUOTE(S) TO NOTE: — Gerard Gallant looking ahead to the playoffs GIF to BELIEVE :
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