A segunda rodada dos playoffs provou ser muito mais emocionante do que o primeiro com os confrontos que todos queríamos.Mas essa é toda a história antiga no mundo rápido dos esportes.Vamos dar uma olhada na terceira rodada dos playoffs da Stanley Cup.
Terceira rodada dos playoffs da Stanley Cup
É oficial, veremos um vencedor da Stanley Cup que não é o La Kings, o Chicago Blackhawks ou o Pittsburgh Penguins pela segunda vez em 9 anos.Os confrontos podem não ser tão emocionantes quanto a segunda rodada, mas não se pode negar que as melhores equipes estarão enfrentando.Com apenas 8 vitórias necessárias para vencer a Stanley Cup, estamos chegando às coisas boas.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs.Capitais de Washington
As capitais de Washington
Eles fizeram isso, ninguém pensou que faria isso, mas os Caps fizeram isso.Pela primeira vez em 20 anos, o Capitals avançará para as finais da Conferência Leste.Por outro lado, os Pittsburgh Penguins não serão três turfos.As capitais são um "candidato perpétuo" há anos, como os tubarões.Eles são um bom time, fazem os playoffs regularmente e são uma equipe a temer, mas nunca parecem terminar o trabalho.Este ano, eles têm uma confiança silenciosa, sem pressão e sem expectativas deles, e pode ser em grande parte por que eles chegaram até onde têm.Eles poderiam manter a sequência viva?Eles estão basicamente brincando com dinheiro da casa aqui, pois já foram superados.
Faz dois anos @penguins but I think it's time we see other people.
— The Stanley Cup (@StanleyCup) May 8, 2018
The Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay has been a team to fear all year and they only seem to be getting scarier. For the third time in four seasons, they will be going to the conference finals. In the series against Boston, we got to see truly how much scoring depth their front end has. Tampa Scored 17 goals in 5 games and 11 different players scored goals. The Bolts also showed the NHL that they aren’t just a scoring threat, they are also a physical threat. Tampa reminded the Bruins that they aren’t only fast, but they are big. Though Boston got the early jump on Tampa, they couldn’t build on that moving forward. In game one The Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak line got a combined 11 points. In the next four games, they were held to a combined 12.
Who Takes it?
Washington will be riding a high that Ovechkin has never felt in his NHL career going into round 3. Tampa will be well rested having played only 10 games. I suspect Washington will get an early jump on Tampa. But I predict they will come back and take the Caps in 6.
The Vegas Golden Knights Vs. The Winnipeg Jets
The Vegas Golden Knights
They say the house always wins, and The Golden Knights seem to have made the NHL their house. The Golden Misfits’ story just keeps going. The Golden Knights knocked the Sharks out in 6 games. Marc-Andre Fleury has been almost inhuman in net this postseason with a .951 SV% and a 1.53 GAA. If Fleury keeps this up he could be looking at his third consecutive Stanley Cup. The Golden Knights are coming into the third round having played only 10 games. Vegas has finished walking through the Pacific Division and now will face the Central Division champs. The Pacific is undeniably weaker than the other divisions so this matchup will be another test, and another chance to hush the nay-sayers. They are fresh, fast and feisty and it’s getting harder and harder to bet against them.
The Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg might not be breaking records like Vegas, but they are hitting new milestones as a franchise. For the first time as a franchise, they are hitting the Western Conference Finals. The Winnipeg Jets took advantage of the very hot and cold Pekke Renne and forced him to the bench mid-first period of game 7. Pekke let in 2 weak goals and in an attempt to stay in the game was pulled before more damage was done. The Jets went on to put in 3 more goals. Winnipeg’s fans have been incredible and just like Vegas, are experiencing this for the first time. The Winnipeg, Nashville series was very back and forth with many one-sided games for both teams. It was the matchup that fans wanted and the outcome Canada wanted.
Who Takes it?
It’s hard to bet against either of these teams. Winnipeg is rolling with some great depth and some star power on their team. They have a big defense that has been doing well, but the (currently) weaker of the 2 goalies. Vegas, on the other hand, is known for their depth and ability to roll four lines. Fleury is playing the best hockey of his career and is showing no signs of slowing down. Due to the more consistent play of Vegas and Flower backstopping the team, I think Vegas will take this in a very close and long match up. Vegas takes this in 7.