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2018 NHL Playoffs Round 1- Game 3 Open Thread Apr 18/18

The Sharks can put away the Ducks tonight, and the Flyers, Avalanche and Devils look to tie their series up.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH @ PHILADELPHIA - 7:00 EDT/ 4:00 PDT (CBC) (Penguins lead series 2-1)

According to the way this series has gone so far, this should be a Philadelphia win, right? The Penguins looked dominant and the Flyers lost, just like Game 1, and the Flyers are going to need to once again channel some of the effort they got in Game 2 if they want to avoid going back to Pittsburgh for an elimination game. The thing to watch is whether Sean Couturier is able to go for the Flyers tonight. Couturier collided with Radko Gudas in practice and had to be helped off the ice, and is listed as a game time decision. Jordan Weal will be in the lineup tonight, replacing Oskar Lindblom. Patric Hornqvist is out for the Penguins with an upper body injury, and will be replaced by Dominik Simon.

NEW JERSEY @ TAMPA BAY- 7:30 PM EDT/ 4:30 PDT (SN) (Lightning lead series 2-1)

Game 3 was memorable for a couple reasons. One was a pretty solid performance by the Devils, and the other was the shenanigans near the end. If Game 4 is anything like the last one, it’ll rival the Penguins/Flyers contest for sheer nastiness. It doesn’t look like there are any changes planned for New Jersey, and that includes Cory Schneider in net. A win in this series would make for one heck of a redemption storyline for our former backup, so here’s hoping his strong play continues.

COLORADO @ NASHVILLE- 10:00 EDT/ 7:00 PDT (SN) (Predators lead series 2-1)

Colorado did a great job of taking Nashville’s style of game back at them, and you can expect more of the same. There’s a bit of nasty bubbling underneath the surface in this one as well, especially after the PK Subban suckerpunch on Nathan MacKinnon last game. Not many had Colorado giving the defending Western Conference Champs this much trouble, but if they play like they did on Sunday expect this one to be tied heading back to Nashville for Game 5. Probably won’t be any changes for the Avs tonight. Samuel Girard skated, but was wearing a red no contact jersey which would suggest he’s not ready to come back just yet. The Predators have yet to put together a 60 minute effort, and if not for Pekka Rinne they might just as easily be facing elimination tonight. While it’s not setting off total panic, there is cause for concern that they have spent large amounts of time getting worked by the team that finished last a season ago.

SAN JOSE @ ANAHEIM- 10:30 EDT/ 7:30 PDT (SN1) (Sharks lead series 3-0)

I can’t see too many things pointing to a Ducks win tonight. They got completely embarrassed in Game 3, losing their composure along with the game, and don’t seem to have an answer for Martin Jones, who has been stellar so far in this series. Unlike some of the other series, the Ducks have had to contend with everyone scoring in this one. Game 3 had 13 (!) different Sharks appear on the scoresheet. It seemed like a bad idea when the Ducks brought Randy Carlyle back as head coach 2 seasons ago. A sweep at the hands of the Sharks will confirm this.