Power Plays by Kevin Stott |
Tuesday, April 1
Devils at Islanders: One of those strange series surprises with the Islanders up 4-1 in the series (17-11 in goals) against the playoff-bound and now slumping (0-4-1) Devils. ISLANDERS.
Kings at Sharks: Ditto the strange reality from above as here the last-place Kings are a perfect 3-0 at San Jose and will be a decent-priced dog in this one. KINGS.
Wednesday, April 2
Lightning at Hurricanes: Sounds like bad weather. TB is last in the East in road wins (11). Carolina is impressive at home (23-12-4). HURRICANES.
Red Wings at Blackhawks: Always like Detroit in this Original Six skate dominated by Wings over the last decade although Chicago had a mini-run in rivalry early in season. RED WINGS.
Thursday, April 3
Lightning at Capitals: Second nights of road back-to-backers are never fun, especially when it’s TB against a team fighting for its’ playoff life. Washington is 4-2 in the series, 2-1 at home. All six games have had at least five goals. CAPITALS.
Blue Jackets at Red Wings: A poor road team (14-20-5) against the best home team (27-9-3) in the NHL? This is definitely a no-brainer. RED WINGS.
Blues at Predators: Anti color blue again here as Blues extremely cold (2-6-2 L10) and bad on road (12-20-7) while Nashville as hot as the chicken wings at McDougal’s at home (22-14). PREDATORS.
Friday, April 4
Islanders at Rangers: Rangers make a case for the color blue here. They are hot at home lately (5-3-2 L10) and 24-13-2 at Madison Square Garden on the season. This the last regular-season skate in the building. RANGERS.
Bruins at Senators: Ottawa 4-2 vs B’s, 2-1 at Scotiabank Place this season. Boston just 9-17 in conference. SENATORS.
Saturday, April 5
Lightning at Thrashers: With Kovalchuk (Blues) and Lecavalier (TB) on ice and the two teams that allow the most goals in the NHL (ATL 268, TB 251). Guess what? OVER 6.
Sunday, April 6
Blackhawks at Red Wings: (NBC) Through Detroit may be apathetic on the last day of the regular season, will have to have either Osgood or Hasek in goal and will be going for home-ice advantage, best record in NHL (52-20-6). RED WINGS.
Rangers at Devils: Some serious trends in this series. Rangers 7-0 vs. Devils this season with all games averaging just 3.42 gpg (Under 5-1-1). Worth noting, Rangers goalie Lundqvist has 16 straight starts against NJ allowing two goals or less, tying him for the third-longest streak in NHL history. RANGERS, UNDER.