Monday April 20, 2015
That’s right, folks. We’re talking about playoffs.
NHL started their road to the Stanley Cup on April 15. Eight teams began their postseason fighting for the Cup, with the New York Rangers winning the President’s Trophy. They are embroiled in a 1-1 duel with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference.
Other battles in the conference include a war for Canada between the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators (3-0 Montreal). The New York Islanders lead the series 2-1 against the Washington Capitals. The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning are deadlocked with one victory apiece.
The Western Conference have teams that aren’t slouches, either. The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild are tied at one. Chicago Blackhawks lead the Nashville Predators 2-1. The Anaheim Ducks lead the Winnipeg Jets 2-0, while the Calgary Flames lead their fellow Canadian team the Vancouver Canucks two games to one.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs aren’t the only postseason battle happening. The NBA began their playoff season April 18.
Houston and Dallas fight for Texas supremacy, as the Rockets have the 1-0 advantage. San Antonio, the defending champions, are trailing 1-0 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Portland and Memphis round out the conference, with the Trail Blazers holding the game advantage.
Other matchups include a newly assembled Cleveland Cavaliers team, as they lead Boston 1-0 thanks to Kyrie Irving. The Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks battle as Central Division rivals, while Toronto and Washington round up the conference. The Bulls and Wizards lead their series with one victory each.
Why is it the best time ever? I mentioned playoffs at the beginning of this article, right?
It’s the same factors as the NCAA college brackets. They bring out the best in the players and teams vying to be the champions of the world. Few have tasted the ultimate glory in their respective sports. However, only two teams will achieve their goal in the NHL and NBA.
Who will win? Well, we’ll just have to watch. Check your local listings and don’t skip out. You don’t want to miss history happening before your eyes.
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