1. Pressure on Munja
Tampa Bay Lightning equalized the Detroit Red Wings 1995-96 for the most victory in the 62 season. They had 128 points, the fourth in the list of all time for most points in the season.
Nikita Kucherov he had 128 points (41 goals, 87 assists), mostly by Russian players in the history of NHL, most of whom were in salary (from 2005-06), and most of whom were from 1995 to 1996, when Mario Lemieux had 161, and Jaromir Jagr had 149 with Pittsburgh Penguins.
But now, Lightning, who won the Presidential Trophy for the first time, has to solve it all by winning in the spring.
They have thrown the eventual Stanley Cup champ three times since 2015, when they lost the Stanley Cup final against Chicago Blackhawks. They lost their 7th finals of the 2016 East Conference against Pittsburgh Penguin and again in the 7th final of the Conference last season against Washington Capital.
The Lightning plays the first match against Columbus Blue Jackets at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (19:00 ET, USA, SN360, TVA Sports).
Video: TBL @ BOS: Lightning beat Bruinsa to equalize the NHL record
2. The capital goes to repetition
If Pittsburgh can do that, why not Washington?
Are you wondering whether this is a collective bargain for the capital, as they embark on an opportunity to reappear as the Stanley Cup champions as well as their rivals, Pingvin, two years ago when they became the first team to repeat from Detroit in 1997 and 1998.
Washington finished first in the Metropolitan Division and closed the 14-5-1 season in 20 games on February 24th. Alex Ovechkin He conquered Rocket Richard Trophy with 51 goals, which for the eighth time in his career reached at least 50 goals in the season.
The major cities play match 1 against Carolina Hurricanes in Capital One Arena on Thursday (7:30 am ET, USA, SN360, TVA Sports).
3. Here is again, the eastern version
Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs meet in the East First Round of the Conference for the second season. Boston won seven games last season. Match 1 is in TD Garden on Thursday (19:00 ET, NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports).
A year ago, Maple Leafs fought 2-0 and 3-1 deficit series, but Bruins won 7-4 in 7 at TD Garden. This season Bruinsi won three of the four games in the regular season. They have not played each other since January 12th.
Since 1969 Boston has won five series against Toronto.
4. Here's the West Version
To return to the Stanley Cupa finals, the Vegas Golden Knights will have to go through San Jose Sharks this time in the first round of the Western Conference. Game 1 is in the center of the SAP Center (10:30 ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).
The Golden Knights defeated the Sharks in six games in the second round last season.
There are some new faces, forward Mark Stone. Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny go for the first ride with Vegas and the patron Erik Karlsson It is expected to do so with San Jose.
5. Karlsson's Health Key for Sea Dogs
The injuries sustained Karlsson from Shark's squad for 17 consecutive games until he played in the regular season of the Colorado Avalanche final on Saturday. Since January 19 he missed 27 of 33 matches.
San Jose went 14-3-1 in the first 18 games without Karlsson, including the two who missed the suspension from 23 to 27 December. The Sharks, however, went 2-8-1 with 45 goals in 11 games that led to their regular season finals.
Let's hope he has not let him injure him all the time, putting him 100% in play, because sharks obviously need to win the Vegas by Karlsson.
Video: SJS @ EDM: Karlsson's shot went out to Talbot
6. Carolina came back
The Hurricanes have been playing for the first time since 2009, ending the longest drought in NHL. That title now belongs to Buffalo Sabers, who have missed eight seasons since 2012.
Hurricanes have a history to count when they get into play. They won nine series, including four, to win the Stanley Cup 2006, in the last three appearances. They also went to the 2009 Eastern Conference finals and lost to the 2002 Cup final.
Carolina has 11 players who will appear for the first time in the playoffs.
7. Tavares for the first time in Toronto
John Tavares had his career peak (47) and points (88) in his first season with Maple Leafs. It's time to play for the first time in Toronto.
Tavares, who signed a seventh-year $ 77 million deal with Toronto on July 1, appeared in playout three times in nine seasons with islanders. He had 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 24 games and helped them win one of the four series.
Toronto has not won a series since 2004.
8. Three in the race for the Canadian unobtrusive cup
Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames represent Canadian hope to finish the 25-year Stanley Cup Cup in the country.
The Canadian team did not win the Stanley Cup from Montreal Canada in 1993. Five Canadian teams arrived at the Stanley Cupa finals (Vancouver Canucks, 1994, Flames, 2004, Edmonton Oilers, 2006, Ottawa Senators, 2007, Canucks, 2011). ).
Flames are at the top of the Western Conference. The last time the Canadian team was the first carrier at both conferences was 2011-12 when the Canucks won the presidential trophy before they lost the first leg against the Los Angeles King in five games.
The flames play against the avalanche at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday (10:00 ET, SN, CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN).
9. Play hockey in the Colosseum
The Islanders will play the Nassau Coliseum play for the first time since April 25, 2015 when they are facing the Penguins in Wednesday's match 1 at 7:30 am ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports.
The Isles thought they left the Nassau Coliseum forever when they moved to Barclays Center full time for the season 2015-16, but returned to their restored 21-season regular season this season and will play all their first matches and there.
New York went to Coliseum 12-7-2 this season. If the islanders progress to the second round, their home games will be moved to Barclays Center, where they were 12-6-2.
Video: NYI @ WSH: Lehner pushes Isles to win with a shutout
10. The first time for these trainers
Four out of 16 trainees in the playoffs have never been trained to play Stanley Cupa before.
Todd Reirden of the capital and coach of Flames Bill Peters have a playoff experience as assistants.
Reirden was part of Barry Trotz's staff who helped the capital's win the Stanley Cup last season. Peters, who has never entered the four-season lead as coach Karoline (2014- 18), was with Detroit at Mike Babcock when he went to play for 2012-14.
Hurricanes Coach Rod Brind & Amour and Dallas Star Coach Jim Montgomery are their first season coaches at NHL.
11. Rantanen's return?
Lavina forward Mikko Rantanen he missed the last eight games of the regular season with the injury of the upper body. We hope he will be able to play in the First Flame Match.
If they come back, Colorado will have their best Rantanen line, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog the first time since March 7th.
They were the three best shooters in Colorado; MacKinnon had 99 points (41 goals, 58 assists), Rantanen had 87 points (31 goals, 56 assists), Landesk 75 points (34 goals, 41 assists).
Avalanche went 5-1-2 in eight games that played without Rantanen and 9-3-2 in 14 games, since the top line was together. Landeskog missed nine games with injuries from March 9 to 27, including a three-match overlap with Rantanen's absentee.
Video: ANA @ COL: Rantanen goes to the top shelf with a nice touch
12. Columbus seeks the first set of victories
The Blue Jackets won the playoff Friday, marking the third season of the season and the fifth time in their history (from 2000-01) achieved a playoff. Maybe this is the year they get round.
Blue Jackets have won five games in their history, including Games 1 and 2 of the First Circuit of the East Conference last season against Capital. They lost the next four games.
Columbus went 0-3-0 and surpassed 17-3 of Lightning this season.
13. The Great Binnington Moment
Jordan Binnington has been nominated for the Calder Trophy by leaving 24-5-1 with five shutouts, a score of 0.930 on savings and 1.83 on the average in the 30 starts from 7 January to the end of the season.
He was the key reason why the Blues went from last on NHL on January 2 to the third in the middle division, one point shy in the first place. They play match 1 against Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Wednesday (20:00 ET, SN, TVA Sports, NHL Network).
The last goalkeeper who led his team to win the series was Pittsburgh Matt Murray, who had 13 matches NHL experience in 2015.-16. before he won 15 play-offs and helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup. He was still a beginner in 2016-17, when he helped them win again.
14. The Last Suspension for Jumbo?
Sea Dog Center Joe Thornton he did not play last season's play because of his knee surgery. He returned to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in his career. Could this be his last chance?
Thornton, who had 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists) in 73 games this season, plays his second equal one-year contract, meaning he can become an unlimited free agent on July 1st. it is fair to ask whether retirement is a possibility.
There is also uncertainty about Captain Shark Joe Pavelskithe future in San Jose because at the end of the five-year contract and may become UFA on July 1st.
Video: SJS @ VAN: Pavelic network PPG, Thornton connects Yzermana
15. The time for darlings
The Golden Knights ask Stone for the great things they have bought from the senator on February 25th. Stone, who signed a contract with Vegas for eight years, had 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the 18th game after the deal.
Jets are at the center of attention Kevin Hayes be the creator of difference. He had 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 20 games after Winnipeg had brought him from New York Rangers on February 25th.
Blue jackets should be manufactured from the front Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingelwhich they have acquired in separate positions by the senator. Duchene had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 23 games after Columbus got on February 22. Dzingel also had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 21 games after he arrived in Columbus on February 23.
The stars did not make much progress Mats Zuccarello because he broke his hand in his first game after getting him from the Rangers and had to sit for the next 17 years. He returned to play one game on April 2, but he spent the last two games.
Predators hope forwards Wayne Simmonds and Mikael Granlund, acquired by Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota Wild, respectively, may affect the play after having achieved a minimal impact with Nashville in the regular season.
Simmonds had three points (one goal, two assists) in 17 games after the trade. Granlund had five points (one goal, four assists) in 16 games.
16. Flames in 50
The flames have won 50 games, and the second time in the history of the franchise. The second time was 1988 to 89, when they won 54 games and won the Stanley Cup.
The most impressive statistics for Flames this season was their success in the third period, when they had a difference of more than 54 goals. They scored 118 goals for the league and allowed the 64th league.
Flames this season's season 3-0-0 against Avalanche and surpassed them 8-2 in the third period, including 5-1 in a 6-5 win on return on November 1st.