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NHL 2020 Playoffs: Play-in Round Open Thread Day 3

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6 games on tap today, and the Canucks are guaranteed not to lose one of them. That’s good, right?

Winnipeg Jets v Calgary Flames Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

Ah, that old familiar feeling.

Nothing like an absolutely soul-crushing loss to remind you of what it’s like to be a Canucks fan, eh? While they try and regroup before their playoff dreams die out, there’s a massive day of hockey ahead with 6 games on the schedule, so grab some snacks, your beverage of choice and enjoy the holiday Monday in August with some hockey!

New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes (Carolina leads series 1-0)- 9am PDT- Sportsnet

Though the Rangers made this one close, they’re going to have to play a lot better than they did in Game 1 if they hope to tie this series up. They’ll also be hoping for another solid performance from Henrik Lundqvist, who kept them in it all the way. Do they have the horses to get them there, though?

Calgary Flames vs Winnipeg Jets (Calgary leads series 1-0)- 11:30am PDT- Sportsnet

Then it’s off to Edmonton for the can’t miss game of the day. This one is gonna be a war as the Jets try to not only battle back in this short series, but deal with the menace that is Matthew Tkachuk. With Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine out, they’re in tough against a Flames team that was better in every aspect of the game Saturday night.

Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning- 1pm PDT- SN360

Next up in the Top 4 Round Robin tournament are a couple teams with something to prove. The Caps want very much to get another shot at raising the Cup after doing it 2 years ago, while Tampa is looking to erase the memory of that embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round last year.

Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights- 3:30pm PDT- SN1

Another Top 4 match between two teams that could very much benefit from a higher seeding in the next round. Dallas feel like they’re ready for a run, while Vegas is trying to forget about that collapse against the Sharks last year and get back to the Finals for the 2nd time in their short history.

Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Montreal leads series 1-0)- 5pm PDT- Sportsnet

Probably the biggest upset of the tournament so far was the Habs OT win Saturday night, but they’re far from being in command of a series against a Pittsburgh team that simply has too many weapons to be counted out. Carey Price will need to be at his best if they want to take a 2-0 lead, but you know Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin might have something to say about that tonight.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Edmonton Oilers (Chicago leads series 1-0)- 7:30pm PDT- Sportsnet

Dominik Kubalik was an absolute beast, as the Oilers got let down by everyone not named Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl on Saturday. Can they battle back and tie this one? Sure they can. McDavid and Draisaitl can probably do it on their own. You know, like they always do. Why anyone thinks a team as one dimensional as the Oilers have a sniff at the Cup this season is beyond me.