Today’s Hockey Playoff Preview

 

The NHL playoffs have been everything but boring with high scores, good defense, and a fair share of fights on the ice. Here is a preview of the games happening today, and what has already gone on in their series.

Florida @ New Jersey: The Florida Panthers were able to get their first playoff victory in 15 years on Sunday. Talk about a long wait, but the Panthers got a 4-2 win to tie the series at one game apiece. Weiss set a Florida Panthers record by scoring within the first 23 seconds of competition getting them off to a great start, but they will need more great play from the whole team in order to win the series. The New Jersey Devils have had some trouble containing the Panthers during power plays this series, after an NHL record 89.6% during the season of preventing scores during these situations. This looks to be a tough fought series.

Nashville @ Detroit: One of the main advantages the Red Wings have had all season long was their dominance on their home ice. That all changed when Nashville took a 2-1 series lead by doing just that, beating them at home. This will put some pressure on the Wings to win tonight in order to prevent and 3-1 series hole. Klein stole the spotlight for the Predators in game 3, providing a goal and late save to silence a Red Wing comeback. There has been a ton of action in this series, and it will only get better as the pressure rises. So, I encourage fans to stay tuned.

Phoenix @ Chicago: Some skepticism was raised after Smith did not practice after a bone-crushing hit in game two of the series. Smith stayed in the game and expressed that he was 100 percent, but we will see how much he actually was affected by the hit. Bryan Bickell’s late game heroics in overtime that game them the win also gave him his first ever two-goal game. The second game between these two teams proved to be one for the ages and we can only anticipate what the rest of it will be like. It should be filled with hard hits, drama, and two teams fighting to make it to the next round.

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