Game One of the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs first round series begins tonight and everyone is fine, nobody is freaking out, please don’t cry.
The Leafs will be missing defenseman Nikita Zaitsev for Game One and I will be missing my sanity. Luckily, the Capitals will be going into this evening fairly healthy (*knock on wood*) with the only exception being John Carlson coming off a lower-body injury, but he is expected to play tonight.
Puck drop will be shortly after 7:00 PM on USA. Will over skill, everyone.
Your final regular season stats:
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||55-19-8||53.2%||103.0||23.1% (4th)||83.8% (7th)|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||40-27-15||50.9%||98.6||23.8% (2nd)||82.5% (10th)|
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Oshie
Johansson – Kuznetsov – Williams
Connolly – Eller – Burakovsky
Winnik – Beagle – Wilson
Alzner – Carlson
Orlov – Niskanen
Orpik – Shattenkirk
Look at this boy. We love him so much. Never leave us.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 13, 2017
Grandma Locker and her sister are going to be rooting for opposing teams tonight!
— Grandma-Locker (@JosieJosephinel) April 10, 2017
— Craig Laughlin (@Laughlin18) April 10, 2017
Obviously, the official beginning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs happened last night and it’s okay if you didn’t watch (spoiler alert: the good guys didn’t play). But, here are a couple things you did miss:
The Oilers absolutely NAILED the Canadian anthem (even the players are impressed).
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 13, 2017
Someone got stabbed in Pittsburgh but didn’t want to go to the hospital until after the game. Yep, that sounds like Pittsburgh.
I tweeted this last night. This is just amazing dedication to the Pens.
Look at the last line.
— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) April 13, 2017
The Sharks scored in overtime and an Oilers fan was not too pleased, but it gave the Sharks social media team a fantastic photoshop.
Melker Karlsson celebrates his Game 1 OT winner. Oilers fans don't seem happy. pic.twitter.com/TSSDrfde8H
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) April 13, 2017
Headline image: NBCSports
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