NHL Playoffs: Youth is being served early in Stanley Cup playoffs

Saturday, 13 Apr, 2019

The youthful expression of today's hockey is also represented in NHL 19 where, for the first time, players can create a unique look with lifestyle gear and clothing, including hoodies, jackets, parkas, and knits frame hockey lifestyle brands and unique custom designs. How far will Colorado go in the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

Though the Predators would seem to have the pieces to reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in three years, Wednesday's loss was an all too familiar sight to Nashville fans. Unfortunately for them those holes may be magnified against the defense-heavy Stars, who with Vezina Trophy candidate Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin combining for the Western Conference's lowest goals against average, make one of the most intimidating brick walls between the pipes in the playoffs.

The Lightning did something on Wednesday night that they haven't done much this post season - blow a third period lead. "They just go out and play and have some fun".

The Blue Jackets became the 27th National Hockey League team to overcome at least a three-goal deficit to win a postseason contest in regulation. They'll open up against the Columbus Blue Jackets, who they went 3-0 against this year and outscored 17-3 in those games.

"The guys have been here before", the Penguins' Justin Schultz said. Go enjoy it. Go have fun.

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Heiskanen became the eighth rookie teenage defenseman in NHL history to score a goal in their first career playoff game and the first since Adam Larsson with New Jersey on May 1, 2012, against Philadelphia, according to NHL Stats. "What he is doing is just incredible". Rantanen has been one of the best players this season for the Avs, and any chance of an upset over the top team in the Western Conference relies on him being in the lineup. He's such an asset. The Caps had one of the strongest finishes they could have asked for, going 14-5-1 in their last 20 contests to clinch the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders can win this series by containing that deadly Pittsburgh power play, but that will be quite the task.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday night in Nashville. The Jackets have now won eight of their last nine games and they have allowed just 1.89 gpg over that stretch.

With Columbus trailing 3-1 in the third, David Savard deked around Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman and scored 7:56 into the period to make it a one-goal game. The West is a crapshoot because you could make a case for six teams making it to the Finals, but I'll say that the Flames make it all the way for a rematch of 2004. Whichever unit gets hot first, either the Sharks' goaltending or the Knights' second line, may prove to be the deciding factor in this series. Columbus took game one by a score of 4-3 to take a 1-0 series lead. Now a team that lost consecutive games just twice all season, must rebound in Game 2 at home on Friday night (7 p.m. EDT, CNBC) or be in danger of a quick playoff stay following a spectacular run all season.

"Now all of those guys have got their first game out of the way, they should get some confidence", coach Bill Peters said. "We know it's a long series". He's missed the last ten days with an upper body injury. Through two games, the script has been flipped.