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2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs- Quarter Finals Open Thread April 15/19

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The Leafs, Hurricanes, Stars and Avalanche all hope home ice helps them tonight.

Washington Capitals v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS VS BOSTON BRUINS- 7:00PM EDT/4:00PM PDT- (Series tied 1-1)

As the Leafs await word on how long they’ll lose Nazem Kadri to suspension, they’re also going to have to figure out how to deal with a Boston team that got their groove back in Game 2. Boston meanwhile might have to go without Torey Krug, Jake De Brusk and Connor Clifton tonight. All 3 are listed as day to day after suffering injuries in Game 2. The key for a Leafs win tonight? Get back to the way they played in Game 1 and use your speed to exploit an older and slower Bruins team. Don’t engage the Bruins in the physical department, you can’t win there. Let them get frustrated and burn them on the PP. Sounds easy, but they have a way of getting teams to overreact to their hits. Having officials actually calling penalties tonight would probably help, too.

CAROLINA HURRICANES VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS- 7:00PM EDT/4:00PM PDT (Washington leads 2-0)

Carolina is hoping that home cooking can help with a reversal of fortunes and get them back in this series. A 3-0 series lead against the Caps will be insurmountable, so look for them to come out firing on all cylinders in front of what could be the loudest playoff crowd yet. They’re so hungry for this in Carolina and it’s gonna be a fun one to watch.

DALLAS STARS VS NASHVILLE PREDATORS- 9:30PM EDT/6:30PM PDT- (Series tied 1-1)

Dallas is in a pretty good spot at the moment. They got a split on the road in Nashville and it took a lucky bounce OT goal to give the Preds the win Saturday. Jamie Benn’s been the best player in this series so far, and Ben Bishop’s been giving them a chance to win. For Nashville, they need to get a complete game under their belts, something that they haven’t done in the first two meetings. They’re also going to need a lights out performance from Pekka Rinne to keep the momentum going from their Game 2 victory.

COLORADO AVALANCHE VS CALGARY FLAMES- 10:00PM EDT/7:00PM PDT-(Series tied 1-1)

Things were looking good for the Flames Saturday night. Already leading the series 1-0, a Sean Monahan goal midway through the 3rd gave them a 2-1 lead. And then it all fell apart. A late goal from JT Compher tied it and then Nathan MacKinnon’s highlight reel goal in OT sent this series to Colorado tied up. The Flames should have won this game and you can bet that this will be on their minds tonight as they take on the Avs in Denver. They’ll be hoping to get more out of Johnny Gaudreau tonight, who has just one assist after the first two games.

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