This season started with “Fire Lindy” chants. Never forget.
– Eric Engels (@EricEngels) May 2, 2023
For those who want a quick update, here’s the series schedule. Games in Toronto (7 p.m.) and Dallas (9:30 p.m.) start tonight, and those in Carolina (7 p.m.) and Vegas (9:30 p.m.) begin tomorrow.
Hello there Round 2! 👋
Who do ya got? pic.twitter.com/SNPGlZe6mz
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 2, 2023
The Panthers and the Kraken have just eliminated the Bruins and the Avalanche. Exceptional cases? Not so much. In field hockey, as in business and war, the overlooked win more often than you think.
– Alexandre Pratt (@alexandrepratt) May 2, 2023
As a result, several series brackets have been destroyed. Those who didn’t take any chances with their predictions find themselves behind after one round.
For what it’s worth, I predicted the Stars, Golden Knights, Oilers, Hurricanes and Devils, but underestimated the Kraken, Panthers and Maple Leafs.
So, with just a few hours to go before the start of the second round, here are my predictions for what lies ahead in the coming week – or weeks, actually.
- Maple Leafs in six against the Panthers
- Hurricanes in six against Devils
- Stars in seven against the Kraken
- Oilers in six against Golden Knights
After all, at the moment, these clubs are really saying “it was all for… this…”.
The NHL All-Star team thought it would be easy against the Devils . Ayoye. Total domination by NJ. NYR, TB and Bos eliminated in the first round. Bettman is in a depression… take a trip to the Remparts!
– Michel Villeneuve (@lederniervrai) May 2, 2023
The @NYRangers stars were clearly at the Met Gala tonight
– Mathieu Bédard (@MatBedardTva) May 2, 2023
When you look at what these teams gave up to lose in the first round, you have to wonder. After all, it’s a high price to pay for not making it far in the playoffs.
The Tampa Bay Lightning (a club that hasn’t been scattered by injuries) went out and got Michael Eyssimont, but they mostly emptied their bank of picks to get their hands on Tanner Jeannot, whose injury prevented him from making an impact.
In the short term, Tampa doesn’t look good on this one. It’s a formula that didn’t work in 2023 after years of success. In the short term, it’s not a success, but who knows if Jeannot might do better in the future if he’s healthy.
The Bruins mortgaged next year’s roster in addition to trading at least two first-round picks for rental players. In all, six picks were traded for guys who are free as a bird.
And this morning, they’re not preparing for the second round.
Boston gave up a 1st, a 2nd, a 3rd, and a 5th for two rentals in Orlov and Hathaway.
They gave up a 1st and a 4th for a rental in Bertuzzi.
They took a cap penalty for next season by structuring the Bergeron and Krejci contracts in a way to go all in this season.
– Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) May 1, 2023
It’s hard to speak against the Avalanche on the cost of deals gone wrong, but when a club wins the Cup and doesn’t make it past the first round the following year, it’s a case of “so much for that” in my eyes. The club worked so hard to overcome injuries during the season.
“There’s no way to sugarcoat it – they put a lot of eggs in the basket for this season”@VZMercogliano and @ChelseaSherrod recap the Rangers’ loss to the Devils and what comes next after a disappointing finish to the season: https://t.co/OvewszX9G0
– Rangers Videos (@SNYRangers) May 2, 2023
It’s rare that the team that picks up the biggest player at the deadline wins the Cup. The Rangers have picked up two such big players in the space of a few weeks.
Usually, it’s a club like the Maple Leafs (Ryan O’Reilly, for example) or like the Bruins and Lightning – ironically – that goes all the way. The Rangers learned that this year.
I can’t wait to see what’s in store for a club like the Rangers in the next few days. Will Gerard Gallant pay?
– It’s true.
– Playing in front of a big crowd is motivating for the Remparts. [BPM Sports]
– Indeed it is.
Smiling Samsonov on Tkachuk: “Yeah, we’re not friends with him”
Marner: “It’s just making sure we’re trying to do our best to keep him off our goalie & try to stay out of the funny business after whistles”
Matthews: “He’s the heart-and-soul of that team“https://t.co/861ukgUlDr
– Mark Masters (@markhmasters) May 2, 2023
– Gildor Roy is disappointed with his Bruins. [98.5 FM]
– Happy reading.
The Panthers taking out the Bruins was certainly an upset.
But it wasn’t a surprise.
Boston’s early exit extends a strange trend:
If you get 119 points and win the President’s Trophy in the regular season, your fate is sealed in the playoffs. https://t.co/JVZt37zRwK
– Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) May 2, 2023