2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Conference Finals

We’re one step closer to the Stanley Cup Final. As much as the majority of the American public loves the NBA Playoffs, these playoffs have had more unpredictability and more exciting overtime matchups. The final four consist of the Rangers (who came back from a 3-1 deficit), the Lightning (who finally fought off those pesky Canadiens), the Blackhawks (who swept the Wild), and the Ducks (who demolished the Flames, although that Game 5 ending was rather questionable). Who’s going to move onto the next round?

Before we go forward and preview the Eastern and Western Conference Finals, here’s a quick score recap of the last round.

Eastern Conference Semifinals:

New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals
Game 1: Washington 2, New York 1 – Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Game 2: Washington 2, New York 3 – Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Game 3: New York 0, Washington 1 – Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
Game 4: New York 1, Washington 2 – Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
Game 5: Washington 1, New York 2 (OT) – Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Game 6: New York 4, Washington 3 – Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
Game 7: Washington 1, New York 2 (OT) – Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, New York

New York wins series 4-3.

Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Game 1: Tampa Bay 2, Montreal 1 (2OT) – Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Game 2: Tampa Bay 6, Montreal 2 – Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Game 3: Montreal 1, Tampa Bay 2 – Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Game 4: Montreal 6, Tampa Bay 2 – Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Game 5: Tampa Bay 1, Montreal 2 – Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Game 6: Montreal 1, Tampa Bay 4 – Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

Tampa Bay wins series 4-2.

Western Conference Semifinals:

Anaheim Ducks vs Calgary Flames
Game 1: Calgary 1, Anaheim 6 – Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Game 2: Calgary 0, Anaheim 3 – Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Game 3: Anaheim 3, Calgary 4 (OT) – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Game 4: Anaheim 4, Calgary 2 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Game 5: Calgary 2, Anaheim 3 (OT) – Honda Center, Anaheim, California

Anaheim wins series 4-2.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild:
Game 1: Minnesota 3, Chicago 4 – United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Game 2: Minnesota 1, Chicago 4 – United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Game 3: Chicago 1, Minnesota 0 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
Game 4: Chicago 4, Minnesota 3 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

Chicago wins series 4-0.

And here are the Frozen Four of the NHL:

NHL_Eastern_Conference

New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning

New York Rangers

Tampa Bay Lightning

 

 

 

 

 

ESPN’s Scott Burnside is giving the Rangers the nod to move onto their second consecutive Stanley Cup appearance by beating the Lightning in 7 games. It might be giving the Rangers a little too much credit considering how good of a roster that Tampa has, but it wouldn’t be shocking if the Rangers moved on. Something about the Rangers make it seem destined that they’re going to win it this year. No argument from me, but I wouldn’t be shocked if the Lightning won.

Game 1:
Tampa Bay at New York
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Saturday, May 16th
Puck drops at 1:00 PM (EST), 10:00 PM (PST) on NBC

Game 2:
Tampa Bay at New York
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Monday, May 18th
Puck drops at 8:00 PM (EST), 5:00 PM (PST) on NBCSN

Game 3:
New York at Tampa Bay
Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Wednesday, May 20th
Puck drops at 8:00 PM (EST), 5:00 PM (PST) on NBCSN

Game 4:
New York at Tampa Bay
Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Friday, May 22nd
Puck drops at 8:00 PM (EST), 5:00 PM (PST) on NBCSN

Game 5 (if necessary):
Tampa Bay at New York
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Sunday, May 24th
Puck drops at 8:00 PM (EST), 5;00 PM (PST) on NBCSN

Game 6 (if necessary):
New York at Tampa Bay
Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Tuesday, May 26th
Puck drops at 8:00 PM (EST), 5:00 PM (PST) on NBCSN

Game 7 (if necessary):
Tampa Bay at New York
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Friday, May 29th
Puck drops at 8:00 PM (EST), 5:00 PM (PST) on NBCSN

NHL_Western_Conference

Anaheim Ducks vs Chicago Blackhawks

Anaheim Ducks

Chicago Blackhawks

 

 

 

 

 

Burnside is giving the Ducks the edge in 7 games. So far, the Ducks have been everything they’ve been hyped up to be, although they’ve beat up teams that weren’t expected to go very far (Jets, Flames). The Blackhawks should be a major test for this Anaheim team to see if they’re legit or not. The Blackhawks seem to be heating up at the right time, making this a series you’ll want to keep your eyes on. Either the Ducks or the Blackhawks move on, but the question is what do you want more: the Ducks, who haven’t been to the Finals since 2007 or the Blackhawks, who seem to be either close to or in the Finals. Best of luck to both teams.

Game 1:
Chicago at Anaheim
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Sunday, May 17th
Puck drops at 3:00 PM (EST), 12:00 PM (PST) on NBC

Game 2:
Chicago at Anaheim
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Tuesday, May 19th
Puck drops at 9:00 PM (EST), 6:00 PM (PST) on NBCSN

Game 3:
Anaheim at Chicago
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, May 21st
Puck drops at 8:00 PM (EST), 5:00 PM (PST) on NBCSN

Game 4:
Anaheim at Chicago
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, May 23rd
Puck drops at 8:00 PM (EST), 5:00 PM (PST) on NBC

Game 5 (if necessary):
Chicago at Anaheim
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Monday, May 25th
Puck drops at 9:00 PM (EST), 6:00 PM (PST) on NBCSN

Game 6 (if necessary):
Anaheim at Chicago
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, May 27th
Puck drops at 8:00 PM (EST), 5:00 PM (PST) on NBCSN

Game 7 (if necessary)
Chicago at Anaheim
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Sunday, May 30th
Puck drops at 8:00 PM (EST), 5:00 PM (PST) on NBCSN

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