NHL Playoffs & NBA Playoffs: Best Time Ever?

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Henrik Lundqvist , the Rangers’ goalie, looks to bring the Stanley Cup to New York. Photo Credit: Sarah Connors, Flickr.com

Monday April 20, 2015

That’s right, folks. We’re talking about playoffs.

It’s almost ironic when two postseasons arrive around the same time. Yet, that is the case with the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League.

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.

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Stephen Curry, here accepting key to San Francisco at City Hall, could add MVP and NBA Champion to his already impressive resume. Photo Credit: Steve Rhodes, Flickr.com

The Western Conference hosts a slew of worthy conference final battles, and it’s only the first round. Golden State (67-15) has the best record, and they lead the New Orleans Pelicans 1-0.

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.

The Eastern Conference features the Atlanta Hawks (60-22), the second best team in the league. They almost lost to the Brooklyn Nets but held on to take Game 1.

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.

Remember to check out the Facebook page for the Update. Don’t forget to like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and keep on reading. Until then, see you next time sports fans.

Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

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