There are some words that get over or inappropriately used, like the word ‘epic’. Pretty sure using it to describe that 5OT game between Columbus and Tampa is absolutely fine, however. And for the first time in league history, we have a game that got rescheduled because of the length of another game, so get ready for Hockey For Breakfast!
CAROLINA HURRICANES VS BOSTON BRUINS- 8AM PDT- Sportsnet/NBCSN
Didn’t we already preview this? The thing to watch: Will Brad Marchand be a gwumpy bear this early in the morning? Just kidding, we know he’s always a dick.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS- 12:00PM PDT- Sportsnet/NBCSN
Speed, skill and goaltending: this series has it all and it could be a long one.
ARIZONA COYOTES VS COLORADO AVALANCHE- 2:30PM PDT- SN360/NBCSN
A lot of people are penciling the Avs in to win it all this year, but they’d do well not to look too far ahead. Arizona, who have been getting some great goaltending this season, may be a speed bump on the Avs road to the Cup.
MONTREAL CANADIENS VS PHILADELPHIA FLYERS- 5:00PM PDT- SN/CBC/NBCSN
The other big favorite to take home the Cup this year against the giant killer Habs. Can Carey Price steal another series for Montreal? Will Alain Vigneault’s troops get him another shot at winning the Cup. And most importantly: If Gritty doesn’t break into the bubble, do these playoffs even matter?
VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS ST LOUIS BLUES- 7:30PM PDT- SN/CBC/NBCSN
Three times these teams have met in the post-season, and three times the Canucks have walked away the victors. They’re not the favorites, and won’t be against anyone barring a Canucks/Canadiens final, but this series is a winnable win for Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes, Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat, Jacob Markstrom and the boys.