Hockey Night in Canada, April 28th

By: Julien Quincou

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hockey Night in Canada, April 28th

 

 

 

Boston Bruins @ Tampa Bay Lightning

 

         Unfortunately for all of us, Leafs fans, the Bruins outlasted the Leafs in one of the most action packed game 7 in recent memories. That being said, they now face the powerful Lightning.

It won’t be an easy task for either teams, they matchup pretty well. The series starts this Saturday and Boston might have the edge in game 1. They definitely have emotions on their side and they will try to keep the same rhythm or pace in their game.

Tampa has been waiting for close to a week now and they haven’t played a game since last Saturday. They might be rusty in the first period tonight, but they have a lot of tapes on the Bruins.

It will be interesting to see if this series gets heated. The Bruins vs Leafs series was high in emotions and things got out of hands early in the series. I do not think the Bolts will want to play that style of hockey, especially with their success rate on the power play combined with Boston’s inability to kill penalties.

The goaltending situation is still up in the air also. Vasilevsky wasn’t particularly good against the New Jersey Devils and Tuukka Rask was a sieve in game 6 and 7.

 

San Jose Sharks vs Vegas Golden Knights

         The Sharks will try to even up the series tonight, but will do without forward Evander Kane, who was suspended for 1 game after he cross-checked Vegas’ Pierre-Édouard Bellemare in the face.

Game 2 will be very intense and San Jose will want to play physically early to stop Vegas from skating around them. In game 1, the Golden Knights were coming at full speed in the neutral zone and were causing headaches to the Sharks’ D. Look for San Jose to clog up the neutral zone. The third man back will also be crucial for San Jose on the back check. Vegas likes to activate their defencemen when they are on the rush creating odd man rushes. To counter that, San Jose’s forward will have to come back faster in their own zone and apply pressure on the puck carrier to give him less time to find the late man.

Martin Jones, goaltender for the Sharks will rebound. He has too. Look for him to have a huge game. This one could go the distance and you should expect overtime.