It Really IS Playoff Hockey, Isn't it? [NHL Playoffs Late Games Live Thread]
Today, the Rangers take on the Caps in an early game, but later games include Detroit and the Columbus Blue Jackets,. The Wings have the one game lead and host the Blue Jackets in Joe Louis Arena, a disadvantage to the Blue Jackets, or any team playing there. Surprisingly, two of the goals scored in game 1 were scored by the defence. Tonight we can look for the Wings to again adjust to the Blue Jackets play, and again be dominant.
Long time rivals, Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins meet again tonight. Boston leads that series by one game, not surprising really, but the Bruins need to focus and not let the actions at the end of game one deter them from their goal - to win again, and put the past history where it belongs, in the past. Unfortunately, as of now, they will have to do it without Matt Hunwick, but not because of his eye gouge. He showed up for the morning team meeting and shortly afterwards complained of pain and was ambulanced to the hospital.
Calgary and Chicago meet tonight as well, with Chicago taking the early lead in the series. This series seems to be the battle of the goalies, with Nikolai Khabibulan in goal for Chi-town and Mika Kiprusoff (say both those names five times fast) in goal for the Flames. Jerome Iginla wasn't much of a factor in Game one, but look for him to come out tonight like the Iginla we expect to see in a game. Everyone can have an off night.
One thing is for certain, the intensity of play has stepped up and the injuries show it.
So chat it up here if you wish, or on the game pages, and don't forget to make your picks (like I did).
Schedule tonight is:
6:00 pm ET
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Detroit Red Wings
8:00 pm ET
Montreal Canadiens @ Boston Bruins
Calgary Flames @ Chicago Blackhawks