Here's a thread for any playoff action you're following Friday night (What? You had social plans?), as well as the final first-round playoff series poll. You can follow Bridgeport-Hershey here. In the ECHL, Utah vs. Idaho is here (but without Mikko!) at 9-ish p.m. EDT.
And of course, there are five series tonight in the NHL, including Game 1 of Blackhawks-Predators, who had the longest wait to finally get their postseason underway. I say it's Hawks in six, with an equal mix of "Niemi quells doubters" and "Hawks goalie question" stories depending on the result of each individual game.
Open polls for the other series are here, if you haven't voted:
- New Jersey-Philadelphia poll
- Buffalo-Boston poll
- Montreal-Washington poll
- Pittsburgh-Ottawa poll
- San Jose-Colorado poll
- Phoenix-Detroit poll
I'm tapped out; no pretend insight from me on this series. But I'll be watching free agent-to-be Dan Hamhuis of Nashville, since the Islanders could use a new defensemen or three.
|Friday, April 16||at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.||TSN2, VERSUS (JIP)|
|Sunday, April 18||at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.||TSN, VERSUS (JIP)|
|Tuesday, April 20||at Nashville, 9:00 p.m.||TSN, VERSUS (JIP)|
|Thursday, April 22||at Nashville, 8:30 p.m.||TSN2, VERSUS (JIP)|
|*Saturday, April 24||at Chicago, 3:00 p.m.||NBC, TSN|
|*Monday, April 26||at Nashville, TBD||TSN|
|*Wednesday, April 28||at Chicago, TBD||TSN|
It's Nashville. It's Chicago. Who wins, how many?
Hawks in 7 - Goalie issues extend the series (5 votes)
Hawks in 6 - Good fight, same result for Nashville (23 votes)
Hawks in 5 - They're Cup contenders! (7 votes)
Predators in 5 - Holy Hawks disaster, Batman (0 votes)
Predators in 6 - Goalie guffaws for the Hawks (6 votes)
Predators in 7 - They're better than you think (6 votes)
47 total votes