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And factual admire that, no longer totally salvage the St. Louis Blues moved previous their unhurried commence up to the postseason, but they’re also appropriate encourage in their first-round sequence.
The Stanley Cup champions won for the 2nd night in a row Monday, notching a 3-1 victory to tie up their sequence towards the Vancouver Canucks at 2-2.
Tuesday’s tear sees a pair of matchups with teams taking a see to stave off elimination. The Washington Capitals path the New York Islanders 3-0, whereas the Chicago Blackhawks are down 3-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights.
Vegas may perhaps maybe maybe no longer be the totally No. 1 seed in tear, as the Philadelphia Flyers will look for to develop their 2-1 lead over the Montreal Canadiens in their Game 4 matchup.
Right here’s a see on the upcoming playoff agenda, adopted by among the storylines to glimpse Tuesday.
Upcoming Time desk
Tuesday, Aug. 18
Game 4: No. 1 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 3 p.m. ET, NBC Sports activities Network
Game 5: No. 6 Calgary Flames at No. 3 Dallas Stars, 5: 30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports activities Network
Game 4: No. 6 Washington Capitals at No. 3 New York Islanders, 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports activities Network
Game 5: No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights, 10: 30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports activities Network
Wednesday, Aug. 19
Game 5: No. 7 Columbus Blue Jackets at No. 2 Tampa Bay Lightning, midday ET, NBC Sports activities Network
Game 5: No. 5 Carolina Hurricanes at No. 4 Boston Bruins, 4 p.m. ET, NBC Sports activities Network
Game 5: No. 7 Arizona Coyotes at No. 2 Colorado Avalanche, 5: 30 p.m. ET, NHL Network
Game 5: No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 1 Philadelphia Flyers, 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports activities Network
Game 5: No. 5 Vancouver Canucks at No. 4 St. Louis Blues, 10: 30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports activities Network
Total postseason agenda accessible at NHL.com.
Will Capitals suffer one other first-round elimination?
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Even supposing the Capitals won the Stanley Cup in 2018, the bulk of their playoff runs at some point of the final decade salvage resulted in either the first or 2nd round. Last 365 days, they had been knocked out by the Hurricanes within the first round in a seven-game sequence, their first postseason appearance beneath coach Todd Reirden.
Washington hasn’t even been aggressive in its opening-round matchup this season, shedding the first three games to New York. On Sunday, the Islanders won 2-1 in further time to retract a commanding lead within the sequence with the Caps desirous to interact four straight games to reach.
“It is about creating perception,” Reirden acknowledged, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti. “It is about creating the assumption and having the assumption as a teammate, having the assumption within the fellow subsequent to you and as an overall neighborhood interesting that every person is all in, interesting they’ll to again us fetch that one interact and retract it day to day and high-tail forward from there.”
Washington is 1-5 this postseason and hasn’t scored more than two dreams in a game. If the Capitals don’t bag a blueprint to generate more offense, then they’ll doubtless be heading home quickly.
Who takes retain watch over in Dallas-Calgary sequence?
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The Stars and Flames continue to interchange blows in their opening-round sequence.
Calgary jumped out to a lead with a 3-2 interact in Game 1, but Dallas answered with a 5-4 victory in Game 2. Then, after the Flames took a 2-1 lead with a 2-0 interact within the third contest, the Stars again replied by worthwhile 5-4 in further time.
The winner of Tuesday’s Game 5 will high-tail one interact faraway from advancing. It is a basic juncture in what’s been one of basically the most stress-free sequence of the opening round.
“In the playoffs, you can’t fetch too excessive or too low,” Calgary goaltender Cam Talbot acknowledged, per NHL.com’s Aaron Vickers. “The sentiments can fetch the simpler of you steadily; it’s essential to to conclude even-keeled. I devour our team has carried out a merely job of that after losses up to now, and we’re taking a see to rebound again.”
Per Vickers, teams that interact Game 5 to retract a 3-2 lead in finest-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff sequence are 211-58, occurring to interact the sequence 78.4 percent of the time.
Can Golden Knights save off Blackhawks?
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After worthwhile their first six games of the postseason, the Golden Knights may perhaps maybe maybe no longer retain their unblemished playoff document intact on Sunday, shedding Game 4 to the Blackhawks 3-1.
Vegas tranquil has a commanding 3-1 sequence lead, but it certainly will must always interact as a minimum one more game before advancing.
The Golden Knights had 23 total dreams in their first 5 postseason games, but they’ve had factual three dreams over their previous two contests. In Game 4, they had been shut down by Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford, who had 48 saves to again the Blackhawks stave off elimination.
Chicago has heaps of veterans who know what it takes to interact within the postseason, but it certainly tranquil faces a great project in searching out for to interact four consecutive games towards Vegas to drag off one other upset. The Blackhawks had been the No. 12 seed within the Western Convention within the qualifying round, as soon as they beat the No. 5-seeded Edmonton Oilers in four games.
In the kill, the Golden Knights tend to commence up scoring in bunches again, especially if they’ll better capitalize on their vitality performs—they’re 0-for-9 up to now this sequence.