Sunday saw both teams that were facing elimination pull out the win and force a Game 7 when the Bruins beat the Leafs and San Jose took Vegas in double OT. Tonight, we will find out if the storybook run of the Carolina Hurricanes comes to an end, whether another Stanley Cup favorite goes down in the first round as Nashville heads to Dallas to try and force another game.
CAROLINA HURRICANES VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS- 7:00PM EDT/4:00PM PDT- (Washington leads 3-2)
The Hurricanes got their asses handed to them on Saturday, but fortunately they can control their own destiny and force a Game 7 with a win at home tonight. They won Games 3 and 4 at home, and could be getting some help in the lineup for tonight, as Andrei Svechnikov, Michael Ferland and Jordan Martinook could all be game time decisions tonight, and that will be a much needed shot in the arm for the ‘Canes as they look to rebound from an absolutely forgettable Game 5 performance. For the Caps, they’re going to need to try and play the way they have at home. They have the edge in experience, but also all of the pressure to not let this Carolina team back into the series.
DALLAS STARS VS NASHVILLE PREDATORS- 8:30PM EDT/5:30PM PDT- (Dallas leads 3-2)
This isn’t where the Predators thought they’d be in this series. Picked by many to be able to handle the Wild Card Stars, they’re now on the chopping block, one loss away from joining a bunch of other teams that we all thought were going to be the ones to beat this year. I love the chaos of this year’s first round, and this series is a great example of it. Apart from Rocco Grimaldi, who didn’t even start the series for Nashville, the Preds haven’t had a single player show up consistently. And Dallas has shattered the myth of the ‘one line team’ narrative surrounding them, getting balanced scoring and some outstanding goaltending from Ben Bishop that has them in the drivers seat here. The first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs has been all about the upsets and I am totally here for this one.
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Today’s Battle Hymn features Raleigh, NC’s own Corrosion of Conformity. From their hardcore punk roots to their more stoner/doom modern output, COC have been delivering the goods for years now. Off their 2nd album ‘Animosity’, here’s ‘Positive Outlook’. Go Jerks Go!