The Eastern Conference Finals begin tonight at 8:00 pm. The Tampa Bay Lightning face off against the New York Islanders. This is probably going to be the toughest series the Lightning have faced in the playoffs so far with a defensively strong Islanders team that makes few mistakes and has a dangerous counterattack standing between them and a date with the Stanley Cup Finals. My prediction: Bolts in five.
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Bolts in 4
Bolts in 5
Bolts in 6
Bolts in 7
I’m lost and I don’t know why I’m on this website.
The schedule is going to be simple. One game every other day starting Monday until one team wins four contests. There are some interesting quirks in the schedule that strays away from the standard 8:00 pm on NBCSN arrangement. For example, Friday’s Game 3 will be on USA, and Sunday’s Game 4 is on at 3:00 pm on NBC.
Game 1: Monday, September 7th 8:00 pm NBCSN
Game 2: Wednesday, September 9th 8:00 pm NBCSN
Game 3: Friday, September 11th 8:00 pm USA
Game 4: Sunday, September 13th 3:00 pm NBC
Game 5: Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 pm NBCSN
Game 6: Thursday, September 17th 8:00 pm NBCSN
Game 7: Saturday. September 19th 7:30 pm NBC
Captain Steven Stamkos has been ruled out for the series as he still recovers from an undisclosed injury. Nikita Kucherov is good to go, having healed from the upper body injury he sustained in Game 5 against the Boston Bruins. Jan Rutta is also still out.
Other updates from Coop:— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 6, 2020
• Nikita Kucherov will be available for Game 1 tomorrow night
• Jan Rutta is not available#TBLvsNYI
Should get an official update later today, but expecting Nikita Kucherov to be ready for Game 1 of #ECF vs #Isles. He returned to practice Thursday after injury in Game 5 vs Bruins, which was a good sign— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) September 6, 2020
Western Conference Final
The Dallas Stars took the lead in the Western Conference Finals after a terrifyingly boring first game win. There was just no pizazz — expected goals were 2.3 to 1.4 in Dallas’ favor, so very low event hockey. John Klingberg scored the lone goal of the game in the second period, with Anton Khudobin getting the win and Marc-Andre Fleury getting the loss. [Recap]
“Without Marc-Andre Fleury in net, this game could have easily been 3-0 or 4-0. Dallas was very committed to limiting the quality of the shots against — something that was a hallmark of Stars hockey in the regular season — but they did still press the offensive zone strategically when they were able to take advantage.”
Other hockey Links
As the Conference Finals begin, the NHL is beginning to announce award winners for this season. Matt Dumba was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for exemplifying leadership on and off the ice.