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April 17 2015 06:30AM
The first round, Leaf's mass firing, Canucks defense could be problematic, Jets least likely to win Cup, Jay Feaster's Flames, a look at Mac T's first 2 years as Oilers GM and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
April 16 2015 06:00PM
Garret battles narcolepsy while Rhys tries to not talk about where every junior player ever played their peewee hockey. And somehow, we even found time to preview every NHL playoff series and share their picks!
Click past the jump to see who we think is going to make some noise these playoffs.
April 16 2015 11:19AM
Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports
Willie Desjardins, in his first year as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, was disciplined in his approach to rolling four forward lines and all three defense pairings. It worked for the club, as the team improved on their 2013-14 performance by 17 points in Desjardins' first year behind the bench.
Going into this series the Canucks' two best players, Henrik and Daniel Sedin, had played fewer minutes per game than they had in over half a decade. They were thought to be rested. Meanwhile the Calgary Flames entered this series with four defenseman (three of them healthy) playing over 23 minutes per game and their third-pair defensemen rarely see the ice.
Presumably that should be an advantage for the Canucks, particularly late in games. It didn't go down that way in Vancouver's series opening loss though.
April 16 2015 11:00AM
At this point, playoff losses are old hat and yet... despair still creeps in. No time for sadness here, though. The Canucks got sexy and it needs to be analyzed.
April 16 2015 12:43AM
Screenshot via TSN
Vancouver dropped a disappointing playoff opener to the Calgary Flames by a 2-1 score on Wednesday night, but lost in the talk about turnovers and ice time was the fact that Calgary's game-tying third period goal that came courtesy of David Jones should not have counted, but was allowed to stand thanks to a missed call by the officiating crew.
Continue after the jump to find out what blown call cost the Canucks a third period lead.