Archive for April, 2016

Yahoo Sports’ NHL Playoff Picks, Round 2: Islanders vs. Lightning (Puck Daddy)

By at 27 April, 2016, 3:49 pm

The NHL decided to start Round 2 hours before the end of Round 1, which put us in a pickle when it came to our staff picks.  So we’ve decided in the interest of good faith – since we’d all cheat and make our series picks based on what happens in Game 1 tonight – to release the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders pick ahead of puck drop. Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy Editor Lightning in 6 The Islanders were fortunate to escape the Panthers. They lost the possession battle in a big way, and Florida pinned them in their zone for stretches. They needed top-form goaltending from Thomas Greiss and a Herculean performance from John Tavares just to get by. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, has the goaltending, the firepower and the killer instinct to win this series. Victor Hedman vs. Tavares will be epic. And if we’re wagering on goalies, my money’s on Ben Bishop. It could go shorter, we wouldn’t expect it to go longer, but we do expect the Lightning to advance. Sean Leahy, Puck Daddy Editor Lightning in 7 The Islanders have John Tavares. The Lightning have Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn. All four players have helped carry their teams offensively in Round 1. New York has Thomas Greiss, who’s played well since filling in for the injured Jaroslav Halak and posted a .948 ESSV against the Panthers. Tampa has Ben Bishop, who threw up a .946 ESSV against the Red Wings.  There’s not much separating these two teams. The Lightning could get a boost if Anton Stralman is able to return at some point in the series; but having been out with a broken leg since March 25 (suffered against the Islanders), how effective do you expect him to be in first few games back? In the end, the Lightning will get the better goaltending and timely scoring and move on. Jen Neale, Puck Daddy Editor Islanders in 7 This series feels really evenly matched with both lineups missing key players. Based on John Tavares’s performance against Florida, this feels like his year to lead the Isles far.

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Predators, Ducks will close 1st round after 2nd round begins (The Associated Press)

By at 27 April, 2016, 12:28 am

The NHL and NBA have their playoffs at roughly the same time. The Anaheim Ducks will host the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night (10 p.m. EDT, NBCSN) as they close out the first round with a Game 7 – the 40th in the league since 2009. Over the la…

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Islanders have been Tavares’ team from day he was drafted (The Associated Press)

By at 26 April, 2016, 8:11 pm

The New York Islanders have been John Tavares’ team from the moment he was the No. 1 overall pick seven years ago. Tavares says the Islanders aren’t done yet. Tavares has already done something special in the first round of this year’s playoffs.

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