Another three series kick off tonight, as the Bruins (#4) and Maple Leafs (#5) kick things off at 7pm on CNBC. At 7:30pm, the Sidney Crosby-less Penguins (#1) and Islanders drop the puck on NBCSN/MSG+. And the Canucks (#3) take on the Sharks (#6) at 10:30pm on NBCSN. If last night was a sign of things to come, then tonight’s games should be exciting as well.
The Knicks are also playing tonight, as they look to close out the series with Boston in Game Five. The Yankees are also in action. Or just watch the video a bunch of times and pray that Staal plays tomorrow.
The playoffs are here, and you have three games to choose from tonight for your enjoyment. Chicago (#1) and Minnesota (#8) drop the puck at 8pm on NBCSN, the Kings (#4) and the Blues (#5) also play at 8pm on CNBC, and the Ducks (#2) and Red Wings (#7) play at 10:30pm on NBCSN. Personally, I’ll be watching the Kings/Blues.
If you’re not into non-New York hockey, then the Yankees and Mets are both in action tonight as well. Use this to discuss whatever your heart desires. Or you can just watch the video above over and over again.
Sorry again about no goal breakdown, but the Rangers picked up two big points against the Devils today, winning by a score of 4-0. Hank bagged his second shutout of the season and Rick Nash enjoyed a dominating performance with two goals. There were contributions from all over the ice, including two point performances from Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards and Derek Stepan. The win gives the Blueshirts 56 points, 22 regulation wins and a temporary hold on the 6th seed in the East. I thought I’d use this post as an open thread for everyone to talk about the game, plus lay out the possible playoff matchup scenarios the Rangers could find themselves in.
6th Seed: Since the Islanders are already done, it comes down to the Ottawa Senators to change the seeding. The Sens have two remaining games and 54 points. For the Rangers to stay in 6th place, the Sens would need to lose at least one game in regulation or lose both in OT/shootout. In that case, The Sens would either finish with less or the same amount of points as the Rangers, and the Rangers would hold the tiebreaker on regulation victories. Read more »
The trade deadline is today at 3pm, and the Rangers have already been active. They’ve acquired Ryane Clowe for draft picks, and are rumored to be in on Ryan O’Byrne, a right handed defenseman form Colorado. Jamie McBain was a name rumored to be available, but with Joni Pitkanen getting hurt, it’s unlikely the Canes move him.
Use this as your open thread to discuss the deadline deals. Major deals will be posted here as well.
11:32 – Sounds like Miikka Kiprusoff will block any trade as Darren Dreger reports that he will stay in Calgary and may retire at the end of the season. Ben Bishop, Roberto Luongo and Ryan Miller just got more valuable.