Stanley Cup Qualifier Preview: Pre-Round-Robin


Boston Bruins

2019-20 season: 44-14-12, .714 points percentage

Season Series: TBL 1-2-1; WSH 1-1-1; PHI 1-0-2

Game breaker

ahead Brad marchand Tied with St. Louis Blues Center Ryan O’Reilly NHL lead for 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. His 87 points (29 goals, 58 assists) in 70 matches before the season were intercepted on March 12, the second most in his NHL career, behind 100 (36 goals, 64 assists) due to concerns surrounding the coronovirus. He scored in 79 matches. last season.

Goaltending

Tukka rusk Was 26-8-6 against 2.12 goals. With an average and .929 save percentage, and is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the best goalkeeper in the NHL. Have a chance backup Jaroslav Hallak (18-6-6, 2.39, .919) makes some starts during goal-robin. Rusk and Hallak gave William m. United ran to win the Jennings Trophy as Boston allowed the fewest goals in the NHL during the regular season (167).

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If the Brins reach the Stanley Cup Finals, they become the fifth team in 21 seasons to reach back-to-back seasons, after the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016 and 2017; 2008 and 2009), the Detroit Red Wings (2008 and 2009) Will go; ), New Jersey Devils (2000 and 2001) and Dallas Stars (1999 and 2000).

They said

“There is a mission here. We have a mission to win the Stanley Cup and finish the work.” — ahead Jake Debrook

Estimated Lineup

Brad Marchand – Patrice BergeronAnders Bjork

Jake DeBruck – David CrazyKarsan Kulhman

Shaun KuraliCharlie cuckooNick Richie

Joakim NordstromPar LindholmChris wagner

Zdeno charCharlie McAvoy

Brandon CarloZucchini krag

Matt graysiekJeremy Loujon

Tukka rusk

Jaroslav Hallak

scratch: Trent Frederick, Zach Senshin, Jack studnik, Connor Clifton, John moore, Urho Vakanen, Jakub Joboril, Maxime lags, Dan Vlad

Unfit to play: David Pastrnak, Ondrej Casey

Video: Boston Bruins Highlight Reel

Tampa Bay Electricity

2019-20 season: 43-21-6, .657 points percentage

Season Series: Boss 3–1–0; WSH 0-2-1; PHI 2-0-0

Game breaker

ahead Nikita Kucharov He can be one of the best players in the NHL when he is; He won the Hart Trophy as the league MVP last season with 128 points (41 goals, 87 assists). He scored 85 points (33 goals, 52 assists) in 68 games before the season stopped on March 12 due to concerns over coronovirus. Together Steven Stamkos And Breyden point, Kucherov is part of a top line that can be difficult to stop. He is a threat due to his abilities as a scorer and playmaker, and his creativity is one of the keys to Lightning’s fortunes.

Goaltending

Andrei Vasilevsky The NHL was selected as the best goalkeeper in the last season as the winner of the Vezina Trophy and is a finalist for this season’s award. They have 2. had had his season debut in his first 25 seasons to average and save 90.0 percent against goals but finished with a 2.5 GAA and A1A save percentage. Vasilevsky had a 3.82 GAA and .856 save percentage in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Lightning were tempted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference First Round.

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The NHL ranked first in goals (243) and goals per game (3.47) this season. This was the third consecutive season he finished first in the league in scoring. The Toronto Maples Leafs were second in goals (237), and the Washington Capitals in goals per game (3.42).

They said

“I don’t think I’m going to be on my own. We have a big group of friends here, and I think if I don’t have a good game, I know people are going to take me.” Are going to help each other to get through. It’s going to be a fun experience. “- ahead Ie Gourde

Estimated Lineup

Steven Stamkos – Breyden Point – Nikita Kucharov

Alex kilernAnthony CirelliOndrej Pet

Blake colemanTyler johnsonBarclay Goodrow

Pat maroonCedric pocketIe Gourde

Victor headmanJan Ratta

Ryan McDonaghEric cernak

Mikhail SergachevKevin Schtenkirk

Andrei Vasilevsky

Curtis McElhenney

scratch: Matthew Joseph, Michelle stephens, Carter Verhaeg, Alexander Volkov, Zach Bogosian, Brydon Coburn, Luke shen, Scott Wedgwood

Unfit to play: No one

Video: Tampa Bay Lightning Highlight Reel

Washington Capitals

2019-20 season: 41-20-8, .652 points percentage

Season Series: Boss 2–1–0; TBL 3–0–0; PHI 1-3-0

Game breaker

In his 15th NHL season, left wing Alex Ovechkin Boston Brins tied forwards David Pastrnak He scored 48 goals in 68 matches for the NHL. It was his NHL-record ninth time that turned the league into goals. He is eighth in NHL history with 706.

Goaltending

although Brayden Holtby The 30-year-old played 5–3 in his final 11 games against the worst goals (3.11) and save percentage (.9–7) in his 10 season NHL career (25–14–4). 2.75 GAA with -2 and .911 save percentage. Holtby’s 2.09 GAA and .928 rank first in active goals (minimum 50 games) to save percentage in playoffs. Rookie backup Ilya Samsonov Sustained a season-ending injury prior to training camp Phoenix cople or Vitek Vancek To support Holtby. Copley, who was the Capitals’ backup last season, finished with a 2.46 GAA, .905 save percentage and 17-8-6 with two shutouts in the American Hockey League this season. Wensek, who has yet to play an NHL game, went 19-10-1 with 2.26 GAA, .917 percent and two shutouts with Hershey.
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Washington’s power play was fifth in the NHL in 25.3 percent (22-for-87) through 28 games, but was then 30th in 15.5 percent (20-for-129) in the NHL in 41 matches. … The Capitals had the best win percentage in the NHL when trailing after two periods (.321; 9-17-2).

They said

“We’re playing for a championship here. A little different circumstances, but at the same time, we’re playing for the same thing. Whichever team is going to prepare themselves for the best, the same team is going to win.” – center Niklas Backstrom

Estimated Lineup

Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny KuznetsovTom wilson

Jakub Varna – Nicklas Backstrom – TJ Oishi

Karl HaglinLars EllerIlya Kovalchuk

Richard PanikNick dowGarnet Hathaway

Mishal KempiJohn carlson

Brendan DillonDmitry Orlov

Jonas SiegenthalerNick jensen

Brayden Holtby

Phoenix cople

scratch: Alexander Aleksev, Travis Boyd, Martin Fehveri, Radco Guda, Tyler Lewington, Phillip Mellett, Beck Mellenstein, Conor McMichael, Brian Pinho, Daniel sprong, Vitek Vancek

Unfit to play: Ilya Samsonov

Video: The Hight Reel of Washington Capitals

Philadelphia Flyers

2019-20 season: 41-21-7, .645 points percentage

Season Series: Boss 2–1–0; TBL 0-2-0; WSH 3-0-1

Game breaker

Sean couturierCenter on Philadelphia’s top line was third on the Flyers in goals (22) and second in points (59). A finalist for the Selke Trophy as the top defensive back in the NHL, he won a league-best 59.6 percent face-off (minimum 500 taken), including 59.5 percent defensive-zone face-offs, the third-best teammate in the NHL. behind Claude Giroux (65.8 percent) and is Jai Beagle In the Vancouver Canucks (61.0 percent). Coach Ellen Vigneault will use the Cottiers in every important position on 5-on-5 and special teams.

Goaltending

Carter hart, In his first full NHL season, won 24 games, had a .914 save percentage and was eighth in the NHL with 2.42 goals against. An average of 43 matches before the season stopped on March 12 due to concerns surrounding coronoviruses. The 21-year-old was the youngest goalkeeper in the NHL to play at least 20 games this season, and his teammates have shown great confidence in him.

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The Flyers allowed NHL-28.7 shots per game goal. This includes limiting the Boston Brins to an average of 29.3 shots in three games, well below Boston’s season average of 32.1; Tampa Bay Lightning 26.0 in two games, below Tampa Bay’s average of 31.1; And the Washington Capitals averaged 32.0, down 29.5 in four games from Washington.

They said

“I think no matter who we play, this team has a ton of confidence. We had a great season. … We are a very tight team, we are all pulling the same rope, whether Be that top guys. The points and the third and fourth line guys are doing their job, it’s a whole team effort every night. It’s been fun all year. I know the best team that had the best season, the rounds. -Robin is in. “Think we are playing anybody, our coaches and our players are very confident of playing against anybody. ” – center Kevin hayes

Estimated Lineup

Claude Giroux – Seine Cottier – Jakub Vorsak

Joel Frabi – Kevin Hayes – Travis Konkani

James van rimsdykDerek GrantTyler Pitlick

Scott loftonNate ThompsonMichael raffle

Ivan ProvorovMatt niskanan

Travis SanheimPhilip myers

Robert haigJustin braun

Carter hart

Brian elliot

scratch: Nicholas Aubé-Kubel, Andy andreff, Conor Banman, Morgan frost, Mark freedman, Oscar Lindblom,Shiny Gostisbehre, Andy Velinsky, Yegor Zamula, Alex leone, Kirill Ustimenko

Unfit to play: No one

NHL.com writers Amali Benjamin, Tom Gulliti and Adam Kimelman contributed to this report

Video: Philadelphia Flyers Highlight Reel

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