In like the blink of an eye, the New York Rangers have been eliminated from the 2020 NHL playoffs and are expected to leave Toronto by this morning. They were swept in three games by the Carolina Hurricanes in four short days. To put it bluntly, it was never close. With the victory, the Canes get almost a week break before the First Round officially starts.
Once the Boston Bruins play the Washington Capitals on Sunday, August 9th, sealing the Round Robin results, the Canes will know who they’re playing. As the sixth seed, there’s a high chance they’re guaranteed either the third or fourth seeds among the Conference leaders. As of right now, those teams are Washington and Boston, so no easy opponent there.
Two of the three remaining series in the East are tied 1-1 with the New York Islanders up 2-0 on the Florida Panthers with Game #3 today at noon. Pittsburgh and Montreal are tied after two games and play tomorrow, while Toronto and Columbus get a day off after Toronto evened the series with a 3-0 victory yesterday.
Yesterday’s NHL Games
Islanders 4, Panthers 2 (series 2-0)
Jordan Eberle is on fire as a playoff performer. So underrated.
Maple Leafs 3, Blue Jackets 0 (series 1-1)
It was an almost-scary domination by Toronto in this game. Jake Muzzin hurt his neck late in this game and had to be stretchered off. He was taken to a hospital with details to be provided later.
Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin was transported to hospital following an on-ice collision in the third period tonight. He is alert and able to move all limbs. Further updates will be provided once available.— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) August 4, 2020
Rangers 1 (series 3-0)
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out! Don’t forget to watch the Sebastian Aho goals and James Reimer’s save. Also, the Canes Twitter account started their own dunk competition on Rangers fans, to put salt in the wound even further.
Predators 4, Coyotes 2 (series 1-1)
These two teams are tied up and have another game this afternoon. The offense was just too little too late for the Yotes. Juuse Saros was good.
Flames 6, Jets 2 (series 2-1)
The Winnipeg Jets are such a depleted team of talent that whenever they tried to push, they gave up two goals. Seems inevitable the Flames come out on top of this by Thursday.
Canucks 4, Wild 3 (series 1-1)
There was a late comeback attempt at the end of this game. Minnesota nearly pulled it off. This game ended too late for me to find a quality recap for it. I heard the highlights were fun!
New York Islanders “@” Florida Panthers — Islanders lead series 2-0
12:00 pm, NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, TVAS, MSG+, FS-F
Nashville Predators “@” Arizona Coyotes — Series tied 1-1
2:30 pm, NHLN, NHL.TV, SN360, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, FS-TN
Tampa Bay Lightning (1-0-0) “@” Boston Bruins (0-1-0) — Round Robin
4:00 pm, NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, TVAS, FS-F, NESN
Edmonton Oilers “@” Chicago — Series tied 1-1
10:30 pm, NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, NBCSCH
Yesterday I wrote about the possibility of a Lightning-Leafs playoff series. With the Lightning sitting as the first seed in the Round Robin and the Leafs looking strong against Columbus and the lowest seed of those expected to make the playoffs, there’s a strong chance the series we were all anticipating in March actually happens. And what a series it would be.
We have an editorial speaking about JT Brown’s protest and how it laid the groundwork for what we’re seeing in the NHL playoffs today. Powerful article from Chris here.
Akim Aliu has started his own foundation to empower youth to succeed in life through sport. Like he says, let’s remove those barriers.
I’m overwhelmed with emotion to OFFICIALLY announce the launch of the @ttdfoundation .We will work to empower our youth to succeed in life through sport, while also advocating for civil rights.— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) August 4, 2020
We will strive to remove the barriers of those in underprivileged communities. pic.twitter.com/wH8quwOrAP
The AHL has officially cancelled the 2021 AHL All-Star game, awarding the hosts (the Laval Rocket) 2022’s weekend instead. It’s expected they’ll announce an regular season start date for December soon, but a lot can change from then to now.
The 2021 #AHLAllStar Classic, scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Laval, will not be held due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis and the adjustment of the 2020-21 season calendar.— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) August 4, 2020
The @RocketLaval will instead host the 2022 event.
Details: https://t.co/Tp50vrutDv pic.twitter.com/ZKxk8q3Tu0
In the West, Ivan Barbashev has been given permission to leave Alberta for Missouri for the birth of his first child. He’s expected to get tested and quarantine when he re-joins the bubble.
#stlblues F Ivan Barbashev has left the Edmonton bubble to return to St. Louis for the birth of his and wife, Ksenia's first child.— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) August 4, 2020
Lou Lamoriello has kicked an NHL player out of the league and it’s a travesty. Ho Sang was buried in the AHL, not played, and not traded. Completely healthy, he played 22 games in the AHL only. Not great for a player the Islanders traded up for in the first round of the 2014 draft.