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April 26, 2011

Tonight’s NHL Games

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This evening’s NHL playoff games are a smörgåsbord of thrilling match-ups featuring desperate teams from both conferences.

At 7:00, the Bruins visit the Canadiens.  The Bruins lead the series 3-2 and will look to close out the series in Montreal.  These teams genuinely dislike each other, and the series has been one of the tightest in this entertaining opening round.  The Canadiens bested the Bruins 4-2 in the regular season series, and hope to win two straight to oust their Northeast Division rivals.  I tend to favor the home team in tighter match-ups, particularly in this case because Montreal fans may be the most vocal in the league.

At 7:30, on Versus, the first of two game sevens will begin.  The Buffalo Sabres visit Philadelphia to see who will advance to the conference semifinals.  The last two games have gone to overtime, with the visiting team winning both times.  Brian Boucher is expected to start tonight for the Flyers, whose goaltending has revealed a significant weakness in the team.  Ryan Miller, on the other hand, has been consistently solid in net.  Tonight’s game will promise to be entertaining, and I would not be surprised to see the visiting team win tonight’s game.  Consider this: the visiting team has been 8-2 in NHL game sevens since 2009.

The other game seven tonight will feature the Blackhawks and the Canucks.  If Chicago wins, they will complete a historic comeback as the fourth team in NHL history to fight back from a 0-3 series deficit to win a seven game series.  The eighth-seeded Blackhawks are led by young players who have plenty of playoff experience (they won the Stanley Cup last season), and the top-seeded Canucks are led by the Swedish Sedin twins.  Once again, tonight’s game will most likely come down to goaltending.  Roberto Luongo has been struggling in this series, and Corey Crawford of the Blackhawks cannot afford to make mistakes tonight.  It would be exciting to see a Blackhawks victory tonight, and they would be a troubling match-up for any team going forward in the playoffs.

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