The NHL playoffs are about to begin in Edmonton and Toronto. Alas, neither of the teams that call those cities home will be there. We just saw the Toronto Maple Leafs get knocked out of the playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Welcome to the 2020 NHL season. Here is the first bracket for the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs.
I’m honestly so excited for the real playoff games to begin. The play-in round hockey was through the roof these past few days. There were countless upsets and power teams that came out of nowhere. Now that there is something big on the line- the hockey is only gonna get better.
I won’t go through every match up right now but I’m obviously excited about the Hawks and Golden Knights.
It’ll be an interesting rematch between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning. Last season, Tampa was electric (haha) in the regular season and absolutely flopped in the playoffs. I’m interested to see how they’ll handle this Blue Jackets roster that is without Duchene, Bobrovsky, and Panarin- probably with ease but they could get cold feet.
I feel like I need to look into the teams a bit more before I have a final take on most series but tomorrow is a day that we have all been waiting for. Tomorrow (or today if you’re reading this Monday) is the final lottery draft for
the First Overall Pick Alexis Lafrenière. Up for him, we have:
Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, Nashville, the Rangers, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Winnipeg.
For the chaos, I want him either in Toronto or Edmonton. Edmonton would add him as the 3rd best player Edmonton has, meanwhile Toronto would be chaotic in 3 years when his ELC runs out.
Regardless, tomorrow evening, all of our feeds will be spammed with photoshops of Lafreniere in whatever jersey the first pick lands on. Then the day after that, we’ll be back to hockey – Stanley Cup Playoff hockey in August. Glorious.
(Not Gloria, if I hear that song one more time, I’m ending it.)
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