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NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference breakdown

Posted on: April 10, 2011 10:30 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2011 1:58 am
 

No 1. Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 New York Rangers

Season Series: Washington 1-2-1; Rangers 3-1-0. 

Player to watch: Alex Ovechkin, F, Washington Capitals. He’s coming off his lowest-scoring season in the NHL and the captain has a lot to prove this postseason. 

X-factor:   Caps goaltending. Coach Bruce Boudreau has had a quick hook the last couple postseasons and while the young three goalies put on the ice this season --- Semyon Varlamov, Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby --- have all been stellar in stretches, there is no clear No. 1. 

Schedule:  

Game 1 - Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) NY Rangers at Washington 
Game 2 - Friday (7:30 p.m.) NY Rangers at Washington 
Game 3 - April 17 (3 p.m.)  Washington at NY Rangers                
Game 4 - April 20 (7 p.m.) Washington at NY Rangers 
*Game 5 - April 23 (3 p.m.)  NY Rangers at Washington
*Game 6 - April 25  (TBD)  Washington at NY Rangers    
*Game 7 - April 27 (TBD)  NY Rangers at Washington  

No. 2 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 7 Buffalo Sabres 

Season series: Philadelphia 2-1-1; Buffalo 2-2-0

Player to watch: Ryan Miller, G, Buffalo Sabres. He missed four games in a row with an upper-body injury before he played in the final two regular season games. While Jhonas Enroth was stellar in relief, the Sabres will be leaning heavily on Miller.

X-factor: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger’s status. Out since March 8 with a broken hand, Pronger will likely make it back at some point in this first-round series. The team certainly struggled down the stretch without him. 

Schedule: 

Game 1 - Thursday (7:30 p.m.) Buffalo at Philadelphia
Game 2 -  Saturday (5 p.m.) Buffalo at Philadelphia
Game 3 - April 18 (7 p.m.) Philadelphia at Buffalo
Game 4 - April 20 (7:30 p.m. ) Philadelphia at Buffalo
*Game 5 - April 22 (7:30 p.m.)  Buffalo at Philadelphia
*Game 6 - April 24 (3 p.m.) Philadelphia at Buffalo                         
*Game 7 - April 26 (TBD)  Buffalo at Philadelphia  

No. 3 Boston Bruins vs. No. 6 Montreal Canadiens  


Season series: Montreal 4-2-0; Boston 2-3-1

Player to watch: Zdeno Chara, D, Boston Bruins. The Norris Trophy winner seems to be an unflappable character, but it will be interesting to see how he responds to returning to the Bell Centre in Game 3. He was ejected after a check that sent Max Pachoretty off a divider, a collision that resulted in a broken bone in the Habs forward’s neck and a concussion in March. To say it created quite a stir in Quebec and elsewhere would be an understatement. 

X-factor: The Canadiens’ defense. The Habs will have to rely on rookie PK Subban and Co. along with the goalie Carey Price. The team lost veteran blueliners Josh Gorges and Andrei Markov to knee injures earlier in the season. 

Schedule:

Game 1 - Thursday (7 p.m.)  Montreal at Boston
Game 2 - Saturday (7 p.m.)  Montreal at Boston
Game 3 - April 18 (7:30 p.m.)  Boston at Montreal
Game 4  - April 21 (7 p.m.)  Boston at Montreal
*Game 5 - April 23 (7 p.m.)  Montreal at Boston                         
*Game 6 - April 26 (TBD) Boston at Montreal                         
*Game 7 - April 27 (TBD)  Montreal at Boston          

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay Lightning  


Season series: Both teams 2-2-0.

Player to watch: Martin St. Louis, F, Tampa Bay Lightning. He compiled the most points (99) since the 2006-07 season, five fewer than this year’s Art Ross Trophy winner Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks

X-factor: The Penguins’ health. Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma already said that he’s not counting on captain Sidney Crosby, out since early January with a concussion, to be back for the playoffs. But for a team that also lost forward Evgeni Malkin to a season-ending knee injury, staying healthy this postseason is at a premium. Defenseman Brooks Orpik played the final six games of the season after missing nearly a month with a broken finger. 

Schedule:
  Game 1 - Wednesday (7 p.m.)  Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh                        
Game 2 - Friday (7 p.m.) Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh                        
Game 3 - April 18 (7:30 p.m.) Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay                        
Game 4 - April 20 (7:30 p.m.) Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay                        
*Game 5 - April 23 (TBD) Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh                        
*Game 6  - April 25 (TBD) Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay                        
*Game 7 - April 27 (TBD) Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh                        

* - if necessary. 


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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:45 pm
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Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 2:46 pm
 

NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference breakdown

TSN



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2011 10:11 am
 

NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference breakdown

I can't imagine you are being sarcastic, so that has to be the stupidest attempt at an explanation I've ever seen. Have you thought about what you wrote? Have you come to a better conclusion yet?



Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2011 9:26 am
 

NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference breakdown

EASTERN CONFERENCE
(1)Washington fans line the bridge to begin jumping until a game 7 victory over the surging (8)NY Rangers.
(2)Philadelphia in 5 over (7)Buffalo (even with Miller in the next)
(3)Boston is wanted for questioning by (6)Montreal authorities as the Bruins make the Canadiens disappear in 6.
(4)Pittsburgh and Tampa's game 1 takes as long to play as the entire Washington/NY series...Bettman draws straws for a winner.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
(1)Vancouver in 4 over the reigning champions (8)Blackhawks...Vancouver has proved they're an elite squad all year, while Chicago continues to find the magic of last year on the golf course.
(2) San Jose benefits from the end of the season punchless (7) Los Angeles Kings in a quick 5 game series.
(3) Detroit gets lost in the "sands of time", I mean (6)Phoenix...Goaltending is the difference in the series which lasts 6 games.
(4) Anaheim Ducks make a call to their fan base for a goaltender here as all land on the IR.  (5) Nashville enjoys their FIRST playoff series win while only making the fans wait 5 games.




Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 4:18 pm
 

NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference breakdown

ummm, maybe because NONE of the series have three day breaks in their series. most have 1 or more 2 day breaks but no three day breaks. and as stated before most of this is related to arena availability, and to a lessor degree tv scheduling. apparently philly and buffalo have no scheduling conflicts and so therefore can play the traditional play day-off play schedule.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 2:32 pm
 

NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference breakdown

anyone know a good site to visit with NHL playoff matchups and breakdowns? There is nothing good today or yet on CBS?



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 2:31 pm
 

NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference breakdown

This is just a schedule and date with one liner comment. Yes I summarized one liner comment.....not a breakdown



Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 10:47 am
 

NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference breakdown

Geez - all this talk about Geography and hardly a word about the matchup.  Seem's you're all paranoid about some 'conspiracy'.....



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2011 10:43 am
 

NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference breakdown

This isn't a breakdown. It's hardly even a preview. And not a very good one at that.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 10:38 am
 

NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference breakdown

This is one of the weakest series breakdowns I've ever seen.......  With as close and down to the wire it went to determine who made it in and what the match-ups are to have two sentonces for each matchup is pretty pathetic.


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