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Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview and Live Thread - April 18

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Hockey all day today baby. TV details and your live thread RIGHT MYAH.

draw me like one of your French skaters
draw me like one of your French skaters
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"Hey NHL executive?"

"Yeah other NHL executive?"

"We should schedule games all day on Saturday instead of just all at the same time."

"That sounds great!"

"So we'll start with two games at three--"

"wat"

Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, Game 2 (DET 1 - 0 TBL)

3:00 Eastern, CBC, NBC or NBC Sports

I guess this one will be decided by region? Tampa dominated the ever-loving shit out of every aspect of Game 1 except the one that matters, outshooting Detroit something like a hundred to six in a 3-2 loss. This was a 44 save outing for Petr Mrazek, so props to all 2 people in the world who had him in the "First Goalie To Outright Steal One" pool.

Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues, Game 2 (MIN 1 - 0 STL)

3:00 Eastern, Sportsnet, NBC or NBC Sports

Your other potential 3:00 NBC matchup is your meteor game. Minnesota locked the clamps down on the Bloos in Game 1 on the way to a 4-2 victory. I dunno, I did not find that game very compelling. Hopefully today's will be more fun. It's only a matter of time before the fake-toughness erupts to the surface for one of these teams, right?

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers, Game 2 (NYR 1 - 0 PIT)

8:00 Eastern, NBC, CBC

Seriously you guys. This one starts at 8 Eastern but we couldn't stagger the first two? Root for the schedulemaker if you're a chaotic-evil sociopath.

Big question for this one is whether Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi will play after taking a puck to the face in the 2-1 Game 1 win. I've consulted the flowchart and gotten the following result:

  • Is it the playoffs? Yes
  • Is there an amputation involved? No
  • Probably going to play

Winnipeg Jets at Anaheim Ducks, Game 2 (ANA 1 - 0 WPG)

10:30 Eastern, NBC Sports, Sportsnet, regional broadcasts

Game 1 was a pretty exciting win for the Ducks, featuring 2 goals from Corey Perry, who may have assumed his final form on the bench as second tally was reviewed.

Here's a frood who knows where his towel is. The first game saw 83 total hits thrown too, which is notable for being less than 100. Come on, for some physical garbage teams, you gotta at least hit triple digits.