The 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs begin Wednesday with five games. Here are some notes and first round predictions, plus my bracket for the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs.
League Notes & Stats:
- Looking back at my regular season projections, I correctly predicted 10 of the 16 teams to make the playoffs (Chicago, Minnesota, St. Louis, Hashville, Anaheim, San Jose, Washington, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Boston).
- For only the second time in league history, no Canadian teams qualified for the playoffs in 2016. This year, five are going to the postseason (Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto).
- For the first time since 1989-90, the Detroit Red Wings have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs. During that span of 25 consecutive years, the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup 4 times.
- The Edmonton Oilers last appearance in the playoffs was 11 years ago, when they went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final before losing to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Boston Bruins Notes & Stats:
- After barely missing the playoffs the past two seasons, the Boston Bruins return this year.
- Boston has never faced the Ottawa Senators in the playoffs. Their series kicks off in Ottawa on Wednesday.
- The Senators won the regular season series 4-0-0.
- With injuries to defencemen Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo, Boston has signed Charlie McAvoy to a 3-year entry-level contract. He joined the Bruins for practice on Monday and was paired with John-Michael Liles. On Tuesday, McAvoy practiced with Zdeno Chara and got some time on the first powerplay unit. We’ll see if this holds for Game 1.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 10, 2017
- Goaltender Zane McIntyre has been called up from Providence on an emergency basis and it has also been reported that Noel Acciari is also out of Game 1 with an injury.
Per #NHLBruins Sweeney, Khudobin still sick, Acciari & Carlo will not play in Game 1 vs Ottawa. Krug may miss entire series.
— Shawn Hutcheon (@ShawnHutcheon) April 10, 2017
C1 Chicago Blackhawks vs WC2 Nashville Predators – NASHVILLE in 7
C2 Minnesota Wild vs C3 St. Louis Blues – ST. LOUIS in 7
P1 Anaheim Ducks vs WC1 Calgary Flames – ANAHEIM in 5
P2 Edmonton Oilers vs P3 San Jose Sharks – SAN JOSE in 6
A1 Montreal Canadiens vs WC1 New York Rangers – MONTREAL in 7
A2 Ottawa Senators vs A3 Boston Bruins – BOSTON in 6
M1 Washington Capitals vs WC2 Toronto Maple Leafs – WASHINGTON in 5
M2 Pittsburgh Penguins vs M3 Columbus Blue Jackets – COLUMBUS in 7
The complete schedule, including broadcast info, is available at NHL.com.