After a disappointing exit from the 2019-20 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Colorado Avanche are looking to build on a solid young core during the off-season.
Vancouver's Thatcher Demko was outstanding in the postseason, going 2-1 with a GAA of 0.64 and a save percentage of .985.
Corey Perry's double-overtime winner in Game 5 kept the Dallas Stars' season alive, but can they win again on Monday — and force a Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning?
The Lightning are absolutely punishing Dallas with the extra man, going 3-4 on Friday night--which included Kevin Shattenkirk’s overtime snipe.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos made a triumphant return to the lineup by scoring a goal in Game 3. He only played 2:47 total, however, and on Friday afternoon was ruled out of Game 4.
Nikita Kucherov and the Lightning jumped out to a 3-0 lead to take Game 2 and even the Stanley Cup Finals. Tampa are 6-2 in their last eight meetings with Dallas.
The Tampa Bay Lightning (understandably) looked sluggish and fatigued in a Game 1 loss. They showed signs of life in the third period, however, and we expect them to play much better in Game 2.
Jamie Benn has been on fire for Dallas, logging 18 points in 21 bubble games. Look for him to get on the scoreboard against the Lightning in Saturday's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Despite missing significant action, you can make a strong argument that Brayden Point is the MVP of this series. Tampa Bay has won seven straight games when he suits up.
The Tampa Bay Lightning can advance to the Stanley Cup Finals with a Game 5 victory over the New York Islanders.
John Klingberg and the Stars can finish off Reilly Smith and the Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Monday. However, The SuperBook has Vegas a -170 favorite.
Vegas has certainly had its chances, but Max Pacioretty hasn’t lit the lamp since scoring two goals against the Canucks on August 30.
Nikita Kucherov and the Lightning tangle with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and the Islanders on Sunday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. The SuperBook has Tampa Bay a -140 favorite.
Andrei Vasilevskiy had a rare off-night in a Game 3 loss to the Islanders, but we think he's too talented to not rebound with a strong performance in Sunday's Game 4.
Paul Stastny and the Vegas Golden Knights meet Jason Dickinson and the Dallas Stars in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday. The SuperBook has Vegas a -160 favorite.
Robin Lehner allowed three goals on just 23 shots Thursday but he's been one of the best goalies this postseason, totaling four shutouts including blanking the Stars in Game 2.
The Lightning's Tyler Johnson and the Islanders' Matt Martin will likely exchange pleasantries again in Game 3 Friday night. The SuperBook at Westgate has Tampa Bay a -153 favorite.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 of 28 shots in Game 2, including 13 snipes on the penalty kill. His 12 victories since the restart leads all netminders, and it’s not close.
The Golden Knights hope to have more to celebrate after Thursday night's Game 3 against the Stars. Vegas opened a -165 favorite at The SuperBook, briefly went to -160, then returned to -165.
After a disappointing effort in a Game 1 loss, the Golden Knights bounced back with a shutout victory in Game 2 and look to take the series lead in Thursday's Game 3,