Starting Lineups: Each Stanley Cup Playoffs Series In A Sentence


NHL_2014_StanleyCupPlayoffsThe Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing, and you've missed some action. We've got you covered and won't keep you long.

Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings (2-1): With Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron in tow from goal line to goal line, no one is beating the Bruins — not even Pavel Datsyuk and the Wings.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (2-2): To paraphrase Dennis Green, both teams are who we thought they were, and by that I mean we have no clue.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (4-0): Sans Ben Bishop, the Bolts couldn't match the P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty and Andrei Markov led Habs.

New York Rangers vs.Philadelphia Flyers (2-1): It's the annual spring tradition of wondering aloud, “Who starts in goal for the Orange and Black?”

Western Conference

Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars (2-2): Ryan Getzlaf breaks his beak, and the Ducks are not nearly as mighty.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild (2-1): This has two young-gun clubs with bad blood and eccentric goalies, neither of whom is currently playing.

St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks (2-2): “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a villain.” — Harvey Dent on Brent Seabrook and the Blackhawks.

San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings (3-0): The San Jose Sharks' mother is somewhere in the kitchen asking them, “Are you ever going to shut that window?”

Your good reads for Thursday-

David Moyes failed to engage with Manchester United's romantic soul- The Telegraph

Sammy Sosa's exclusion from Wrigley Field centennial lessens the occasion- The Strike Zone

Is the NHL's New Playoff Format... Not Awful?- Grantland

2014 NHL playoffs: It's time for Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin to step up- Home Ice

Cooke's return to goonish roots should be punished harshly- Star Tribune

Pacers fight each other on eve of playoffs, finally take swing at Hawks in Game 2- Yahoo Sports

Better Know A Draft Pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix- Kissing Suzy Kolber

Reporter Asks Patrick Kane "Was That Your First Overtime Game-Winner?"- Deadspin

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