Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoff Buzz. The 2021 playoffs begin on Saturday and NHL.com has you covered with all the latest news, analysis and results.
Islanders of New York
Semyon Varlamov trained on Saturday and will likely be the Islanders’ starting goalie when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Stanley Cup First Round, Best of 7, Sunday (noon ET; NBC, SN, TVAS) .
Varlamov was under “a bit of tension,” according to Islanders coach Barry Trotz, and missed out on the third period of their regular season finals, a 3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday. It has been replaced by Ilya Sorokin.
« [It was important he practiced] not just for me, but for him, “Trotz said of Varlamov.” He skated with the group, he skated the day before. We’ll see where he is tomorrow. He’s feeling pretty good, but we’ll make all the right decisions. If there is a change, we will. He seemed to be doing well and feeling great, so we head to Pittsburgh. “
Varlamov was 19-11-4 with a 2.04 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in 36 games (35 starts). He equaled the Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer for the NHL lead with seven shutouts.
“He fought hard all year for us,” Islanders attacker Jordan Eberle mentionned. “It’s a big reason, him and Ilya, why we’re here. It’s great to have him back. I think for the most part it’s good to have that double threat as well. Few NHL teams have this. , and we certainly do here. ” – Brian Compton
Zach Parise will be a good scratch when the Wild visit the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup First Round, Best of 7, Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVAS).
The forward is the Wild’s leading scorer in the Stanley Cup playoffs with 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 40 games. Parise has scored 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists) in 45 games this season and has been a good scratch in three of the last four games. He’s been scratched four times this season and five times in his NHL career.
Parise averaging 13:57 in ice time this season, the majority on the fourth row which now consists of forwards Nick Bonino, Nico Sturm and Nick Bjugstad.
” Nothing has changed. We really love the makeup of the Bonino line, and no different from the non-playing ones, ”Wild coach Dean Evason said on Saturday. “We had to make decisions, and those were our decisions.
“Just that line, hopefully it’s going to be a factor in the games and in the playoffs. They’re all big, strong, they’re all natural exchanges that can faceoffs, they’re good downs downs, and all of them. have contributed offensively throughout the season. “- Jessi Pierce
There is a game scheduled for the first round of the Stanley Cup on Saturday.
Bruins de Boston aux Capitals de Washington (19 h 15 HE; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS): This is the first game of this first-round series, the fourth time these teams have met in a Stanley Cup playoff series and the first since 2012, when the Capitals won the quarter-finals of the the East in seven games. Boston, the No. 3 seed in the MassMutual East Division, has been 4-2-2 against the No. 2 seed Washington this season. Bruins forward Brad Marchand scored 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in the series. Defender of the Capitals Zdeno Chara will become the seventh player in NHL history to make a playoff game at 44 or older, the first since Jaromir Jagr made it for the Florida Panthers in 2016 at 44. best of 7 NHL playoffs, including 7-1 in the first round in 2020.
Here’s a look at the matches from the first round. Click here for the full schedule of the first round.
Division Scotia Nord
1. Toronto Maple Leafs vs 4. Montreal Canadiens
2. Edmonton Oilers vs. 3. Winnipeg Jets
Division MassMututal Est
1. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 4. New York Islanders
2. Washington Capitals vs. 3. Boston Bruins
Discover Central Division
1. Carolina Hurricanes vs. 4. Nashville Predators
2. Florida Panthers vs. 3. Tampa Bay Lightning
Honda West Division
1. Colorado Avalanche vs. 4. St. Louis Blues
2. Vegas Golden Knights contre 3. Minnesota Wild
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