How to watch the Senators and Ducks in the second round
With just six games remaining in the regular season, the NHL’s best team is still searching for its next step in the playoffs.
The Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks will meet in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
They’ll both be without defenceman Nikita Scherbak for at least the next two weeks after he was injured.
The Anaheim Ducks are a young team that could be heading to the playoffs with just five games left in the season, with two more games remaining on the schedule.
The Senators, on the other hand, are the most talented team in the Western Conference, and they have a very good chance of reaching the Stanley Final.
With the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators both playing their way to the final four, here’s a look at how each team’s chances are looking for the series finale.
Key players to watch:Nashville Predators: LW Kyle Turris, RW Chris Wagner, G Ondrej Pavelec, C Travis Hamonic, D Justin Faulk, C Alex Goligoski, C Mike FisherThe Predators have been a solid team all season, but they’ve had some rough stretches this season.
The last time the Predators had a winning streak over seven games was December 9-11, 2015.
The Predators were on a four-game winning streak in the last seven games of the season before falling to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Championship series.
They went on to lose the series 4-2.
The Predators lost five straight games in the final week of the regular calendar before falling 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round.
This is a team that has the talent to make the playoffs in the long run, but it’s not likely to make it.
The Nashville Predators had their worst record at .500 or worse during the regular period of the 2016-17 regular season.
They finished the regular campaign with a minus-2 goal differential, and that was the worst mark in the NHL during that stretch.
The Pens are a different team this season, and their defence is improving.
They are tied for the league lead in goals per game, at 3.20, and have allowed just two goals in their last eight games.
The Pens are looking to bounce back from a 3-2 loss in Game 7 of the first-round series against the New York Rangers.
They have a lot of depth at defence and have a few guys that could make the team as depth players.
They could have some trouble if they need to make some big plays, but if they can win some key battles, they could have a chance.
Injuries: C Mike Ribeiro, RW Alex Killorn, LW Mattias Ekholm, LW Nate Thompson, D Jake McCabe, D Zach Bogosian, D David Warsofsky, D Eric Gryba, LW Kyle Palmieri, RW Brett Pesce, C Justin Falk, RW Filip ChlapikThe Montreal Canadiens are looking forward to their first playoff game since April 4, as they look to bounceback from a 4-1 loss in the Presidents’ Trophy final to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Canadiens will be without centre Brendan Gallagher for the rest of the series after he suffered a hip injury in the third period.
The Bruins have a strong defensive group and have given up just one goal in their past eight games, and the Canadiens will look to take a 3+ game lead in the series.
The Canadiens have been able to win their past six games and are looking like they have enough firepower to win in the post-season.
But they have to keep their focus on playing good hockey.
Montreal has allowed just three goals in its past five games.
In Game 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Canadiens held a 1-0 lead in extra time, but Philadelphia’s Alexei Emelin scored on a breakaway goal in the 10th minute of extra time to give the Canadiens a 3 1-1 lead.
The teams will play Game 4 on Sunday.
Injured players to monitor: RW Joonas Donskoi, RW Kyle Palmier, RW Josh Morrissey, LW Cody Ceci, LW Michael McCarron, RW Travis Moen, C Michael Bournival, D Andrei MarkovThe Detroit Red Wings have a good chance to make their second-round playoff push after taking a 3–2 series lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Red Wings lost Game 1 of the Eastern Division Finals series to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Game 2 was a nail-biter.
They’ve been battling through injuries all season and could need some big moments in Game 3, but the Red Wings are still capable of winning in the end.
The Detroit Red Lions lost their final two games of last season, losing 3–0 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 and 3–1 to Ottawa in Game 5.
They will play their first-ever Game 5 on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steel