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July 26 2017, 06:41 | Rex Rios
The clock shows 1:30 to go.
Sergei Bobrovsky of the Blue Jackets had 41 wins on the season, a goals-against average of 2.06 (best for goalies with min. 50 appearances), and the best save percentage of.931. The other, six attackers vs. five defenders.
He's come close before, falling just three wins shy in 2007 when his Ottawa Senators fell to Anaheim in the Stanley Cup Final.
The two teams last met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2015, with the Blackhawks winning the series 4-2.
The names of every player on every team that has ever won the championship is engraved on the trophy.
"There is one space left on the bottom band". Mistakes and typos are not changed; they are etched forever. The Senators reached the Stanley Cup Final the following year. The first 12 teams who qualify are the top three finishers from the four divisions: Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central, and Pacific.
NASHVILLE PREDATORS (1998): Paul Kariya.
The Blackhawks will have home ice throughout the Western Conference Playoffs. The Capitals clinched the top overall seed with 10 games to go last season, and their lead was so large that it was really just a formality.
The Capitals responded with a strong finish, something they hope now translates into a good start to the postseason.
Slam dunk, right? Not so fast.
So is it Chicago's conference crown to lose when postseason play gets underway Wednesday? Long-time Oilers are in their first playoffs due to the franchise's inept management over the years. The Leafs have a young, talented team, but should not challenge the veteran Caps squad. The victor of this series will likely be the team whose goaltending is best able to put their regular season struggles behind them and regain their top form.
BOSTON BRUINS: How vulnerable is the B's blueline with top-four D-men Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo banged up? This could be problematic. Next year Edmonton and Toronto might make the final four, but once again, that's only a prediction. From Antti Niemi's two shutout victories to the Predators' 4-1 response in Game 3 to Marian Hossa's Game 5 overtime victor after the Blackhawks killed off his five-minute penalty, the series was memorable. The 25-year-old right wing was also among the league leaders in goals and points. As was Duncan Keith for the Predators. They won the Stanley Cup that second year.
Click the audio link below to hear more from Murray as he shares with us some of what he does to prepare both mentally and physically, as well as what he's listening to in his headphones before each game, including one particularly well-known Canadian rapper. For a prediction, I don't think that Chicago will win their conference's title although I'm definitely putting them into the 2nd round.
The case can be made that the National Hockey League has the best playoffs of the four major North American sports and I expect another thrilling playoff season.
New York Rangers The Blueshirts had an incredible offensive start on the year during which seemingly everyone who stepped inside Madison Square Garden scored at least one goal on the season, fans and concession workers included.
This is a team that understands winning and has a chance to make more history this playoff season.