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The Rangers looked solid again as the Senators appear to be fading (as does the increasingly injured Erik Karlsson). Tonight Nashville can advance with a win over St Louis and the Oilers and Ducks renew hostilities in Anaheim. We're also cheering on Canada as they open the Worlds in Paris against the Czechs.

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NEW YORK 4 OTTAWA 1 (Series tied 2-2)

Different game, same result. The Senators sat Erik Karlsson and Craig Anderson in the third with the game already 4-0, and while Anderson was pulled to try and shake things up, Karlsson was sat to rest him and increase the likelihood that he is good to go for Game 5 tomorrow. Former Canuck Tanner 'Have you even played the game?' Glass had two assists, both coming on Oscar Lindberg goals. The Senators have lost their previous 15 series where they lost back to back games, so they'll be in tough to turn the tide back in their favour.

Nashville Predators vs. St Louis Blues

5:00 PM PT - Scottrade Center- St Louis, MO

TV: CBC - Radio: N/A

The first elimination game of the playoffs, and it's the surprising Nashville Predators looking to move on to their first Western Conference Championships in team history. The Blues are hoping some line juggling will help them break through the imposing defence of the the Preds, as Vladimir Sobotka is moved to the first line tonight. They'll also look to score first, as they are 4-0 when doing this in the playoffs this year.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks

7:30 PM PT - Honda Center- Anaheim, CA

TV: SN - Radio: TSN 1410

The Oilers felt that they got a raw deal from the officials in the last game, with embellishment and missed calls coming back to haunt them. Perhaps it's because they haven't been a part of this process for a decade, but this is what happens during the playoffs. At some point or other all these teams have to deal with 'playoff officiating'. I will tell you this much, the idea that they should do the same to get the calls is likely the worst thing they could try, as the officials will literally be expecting it. Twitter should be fun if they go down a couple goals tonight.


Canada opens the tournament this year against the Czech Republic in Paris (the other division is playing their games in Cologne, Germany). It's not a star-studded lineup, but some solid D, proven goal scorers like Claude Giroux, Ryan O'Reilly and Jeff Skinner, and a lot of youth could make Canada a legit threat to repeat as World Champs. The game is currently in the 2nd period, and Canada leads 2-0 on goals from O'Reilly and Mike Matheson.


You know what the world needs more of? 3 man thrash bands. Seriously, these guys frickin' rip in an old school Destruction kinda way. DISTILLATOR hail from the Netherlands, and this is the title track from their 2nd album, out now on Empire Records.