Stanley Cup Playoffs Printable Bracket

  • Stanley Cup Playoffs Printable Bracket

Stanley Cup Playoffs Printable Bracket

In his first career playoff matchup, McDavid and the Oilers will face the San Jose Sharks, who are also hunting for their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The Predators are the team that everyone who isn't a Blackhawks fan is looking to get them out of the playoffs like the St. Louis Blues did previous year.

The Nashville Predators look to steal home ice away from the Chicago Blackhawks as the two sides meet up at the United Center on Thursday night. The Minnesota Wild, deep as they be, struggled in the second half. Teams that were dominated last year did not make it to the playoffs and the teams that were not even in talks of playoff last year have suddenly made a comeback. Defenseman P.K. Subban was added in the offseason just for this reason - to help Nashville become a more dynamic team for the playoffs. Tootoo has scored one other goal this season, and it was John Hayden, his new playoff linemate, who provided the assist. Goaltender Pekka Rinne top the Preds with a 31-19-9 record in net. While the rest of the conference started to skid last month, the Blackhawks powered their way to the top of the standings. If not, the Predators don't. "Then after that they get on their heels and that's when the plays are in front of them".

Wilson, who did not take part in the optional skate, missed the final two games of the regular season. Can they make it three of four?

Rinne registered a 2.42 goals against average and a.918 save percentage, while youngster Juuse Saros recorded a 2.35 goals against average and a.923 save percentage.

The Cup is finally going to return to Canada for the first time since 93, with an all-Canadian match up in the finals.

The Blackhawks are listed at +180 to win the Western Conference.

The Washington Capitals - also perennial contenders - lead the way in the Eastern Conference, with 9/2 odds of hoisting the Stanley Cup. During this decade's dynastic run, the point total is Chicago's second-best.

"Everybody wants to win Game 1".

Is there a better forward duo in the National Hockey League than the Hawks' Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews? Chicago was one of 13 clubs that allowed seven or more shorthanded goals. He has the great hands and the skill to find both of those guys open on offense, and between the three of them they should be able to play adequate defense against a Predators team that seemed to lack the urgency and firepower that they've displayed during the regular season. The Blackhawks rookies have combined for over 100 points this year. The Hawks need to respond with physicality themselves and show the Predators they are not scared.

Like Marchand, the 5-10, 184-pound Minnesota centre doesn't let the lack of size stop him. The core of the team - goalie Corey Crawford, defencemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook and forwards Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa (as well as coach Joel Quenneville) - have a shot at wining a fourth Cup together. He hadn't played since mid-March with a leg injury.

Game 2 is Saturday night.

In the regular season vs. Nashville, Kane led the Hawks with nine points (3G, 6A). The Hawks are +175 favourites to win the West.