canada africa partner reservation How to watch and what to expect in the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs

How to watch and what to expect in the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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THE GAMES

In the East: the New York Rangers vs. the Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers vs. the Boston Bruins. New York conquered Washington; Carolina defeated the Islanders in five; Florida defeated Tampa Bay in five games and Boston nearly blew a 3-1 lead before eliminating Toronto in seven games.

In the West: the Dallas Stars vs. the Colorado Avalanche and the Vancouver Canucks vs. the Edmonton Oilers. Dallas defeated Vegas in seven; Colorado bounced back from a crazy Game 1 to beat Winnipeg in five; Vancouver defeated Nashville in six and Edmonton defeated Los Angeles in five. The Kings were eliminated in the first round by the Oilers for the third season in a row.

HOW TO WATCH

Every game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be broadcast nationally in the US and Canada and available on streaming platforms. The NHL schedule is here and a streaming guide is here. Games are offered in the US on ABC, ESPN, TNT or TBS and in Canada on CBC or Sportsnet in English and TVA Sports in French.

WHO TO WATCH

McDavid, widely considered the best hockey player in the world, leads all players with 12 points through the first round, followed closely by Draisaitl with 10, including two game-winning goals. McDavid becomes only the fifth player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season.

Rangers center Vincent Trocheck was arguably one of the most dominant players early on, and he and his teammates look like legitimate Cup contenders, thanks in large part to goaltender Igor Shesterkin, who stopped 94 of the 101 shots he faced against the Capitals. Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon, the frontrunner to replace McDavid as Hart Trophy winner, has also already found top form in the play-offs with nine points in five games.

While McDavid, Draisaitl and MacKinnon are in their prime, there are plenty of old guys to root for who haven’t won the Cup yet, from Dallas’ Joe Pavelski to Carolina’s Brent Burns and Colorado’s Zach Parise.

WHO ARE THE FAVORITES?

The betting favorites (to) win the Stanley Cup are Florida and Edmonton at 9-2, and Carolina, Dallas and New York at 11-2, according to BetMGM Sportsbook.

WHEN IS THE STANLEY CUP FINAL?

After the play-offs started on April 20 and the second round started on Sunday, the final will start in early June. If that happens, Game 7 might not happen until June 24.

GO DEEPER

The creativity in scoring hasn’t stopped now that the play-offs are here, with a handful of goals being scored through the goalkeepers’ masks. Putting the puck in the net during the toughest time of the year is an art that shooters continue to refine.

While Alex Ovechkin was held without a point in a series for the first time in his nearly two-decade career in North America, many compatriots are starring this postseason, from the Rangers’ Shesterkin and Artemi Panarin to Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov and Valeri Nichushkin from Colorado. .

The Hurricanes have won a round for the sixth straight season under coach Rod Brind’Amour, their 2006-winning captain who has created a winning culture. He is also a potential free agent this summer, and with several vacancies around the league, his contract status has become a hot topic.

Dallas, the top seed in the West, defeated the Golden Knights with a mix of veterans and young players who clicked at the right time. The Stars face a challenge in the second round from the Avalanche, the highest scoring team in the playoffs with more than 5.5 goals per game.

Buildings are packed to the brim across the continent, from Boston to South Florida to Denver and Vancouver, after setting new record attendances and fans filling arenas to 97% capacity this season. It is yet another result of the NHL’s booming business.

Fans who enjoy on-ice fights have seen the brawls decrease in recent years and they are a rarity in the postseason. Like tradition? Rest assured, the NHL has no plans to change the 16-team playoff format.

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