Second Round Cheat Sheet
May 1, 2014
By VI News
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A – Atlantic
M – Metropolitan
C – Central
P – Pacific
W – Wild Card
1A Boston vs. 2A Montreal
Bruins: 54-18-9, 117 points
Canadiens: 46-28-8, 100 points
Season series: The Habs took three of four meetings from their division rivals, including both matchups at TD Garden. In all three losses, the Bruins were limited to one goal, while Boston has lost six of its last seven meetings to Montreal since March 2013.
Previous playoff outcome: Montreal swept Tampa Bay in the opening round, while scoring at least four goals in three of those victories. After losing the series opener to Detroit, the Bruins rolled off four consecutive wins to advance to the second round for the fifth time in six seasons. The last time these Original Six rivals hooked up in the postseason, the Bruins outlasted the Canadiens in seven games of the opening round of the 2011 playoffs.
1M Pittsburgh vs. 2M N.Y. Rangers
Penguins: 51-24-6, 108 points
Rangers: 45-31-6, 96 points
Season series: The two teams split four regular season meetings, while two games finished in the shootout (each team won once). All four contests finished ‘over’ the total, while both the Pens and Rangers each won a game at home and on the road.
Previous playoff outcome: The Rangers alternated wins and losses with the Flyers, but found a way to advance in seven games. The Penguins and Blue Jackets played five games decided by a goal (all coincidentally 4-3), but Pittsburgh finished off Columbus in six games. Pittsburgh eliminated New York in five games of the second round in the 2008 playoffs, as the Pens ultimately lost to the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals.
3C Chicago vs. 1W Minnesota
Blackhawks: 46-21-15, 107 points
Wild: 43-26-12, 98 points
Season series: The surprising Wild grabbed three of five matchups against the Blackhawks, including a pair of victories at Xcel Energy Center. The first three meetings finished ‘over’ the total, while the final contest was decided in a shootout, won by the Blackhawks at the United Center in early April.
Previous playoff outcome: Both these clubs overcame 2-0 deficits in the opening round, as the Wild rallied past the Avalanche in seven games, winning the finale in overtime on the road. Chicago climbed out of a 2-0 hole against St. Louis to claim the final four games, while scoring 12 goals in the last three wins. The Blackhawks knocked out the Wild in the opening round of last season’s playoffs in five games, with three of those victories coming by at least three goals.
1P Anaheim vs. 3W Los Angeles
Ducks: 53-20-8, 114 points
Kings: 46-28-8, 100 points
Season series: The Ducks owned their cross-city rivals, winning the last four meetings after losing the first matchup in the shootout. Anaheim won each of the three games as a visitor, including the outdoor contest at Dodger Stadium in late January.
Previous playoff outcome: Los Angeles salvaged its season after falling behind San Jose, 3-0, as the Kings stole the final four games to eliminate their division rivals in seven games. Anaheim owned its home-ice with three victories at home against Dallas, while staving off the Stars in six games. This is the first time these two Southern California teams have met in the playoffs in franchise history.
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