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2021 NHL Playoffs: B/R Staff 1st-Round Predictions

Sixteen NHL teams have punched their tickets to the 2021 NHL playoffs and have the chance to battle for the most iconic trophy in sports: the Stanley Cup. All eight first-round matchups will be filled with intrigue as the teams raise the intensity level for what is going to be one of the most unique playoff campaigns hockey fans will ever see.
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NHL playoffs matchups, prediction: Islanders-Penguins going 7

After getting to within two wins of the Stanley Cup final during the bubble playoffs last season, the Islanders are ravenous to taste the finals this season. But a rather evenly matched series against the Penguins will be their first obstacle to getting back to the conference finals and ultimately going further than last season. It’ll be a rematch of the memorable 2019 first round, in which the Islanders swept the Penguins in four games.
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2021 NHL Playoffs Central: Bracket, schedule, scores, highlights, analysis

After a bubble-encased 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, we're back to a more traditional setup for the 2021 postseason. However, there are some tweaks. Thanks to a one-year realignment, the first two rounds will be intra-divisional. Then, the four Cup semifinalists will be re-bracketed based on regular season record, with No. 1 facing No. 4, and No. 2 taking on No. 3.
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Kucherov returns for Lightning in playoffs feeling 'better than before'

Forward expected to play first time this season in Game 1 vs. Panthers after hip surgery. Nikita Kucherov said he recognizes it might take him time to get up to speed making his season debut for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup First Round. "I have to adjust...
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The 16 People to Watch for in the 2021 NHL Playoffs

When the Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals drop the puck this Saturday, it will mark the beginning of an unusual NHL postseason. Four teams in each of the four (temporary) divisions will battle for the Stanley Cup, and they’ll start off playing against one another—a fitting culmination to a pandemic-compressed season that’s been full of heated intra-conference play. The nuances of this year’s format mean that some of the potential Stanley Cup matchups are almost too beautiful to dare to dream of—Toronto could play Boston in the Final? Nathan MacKinnon could go up against Connor McDavid?! But someone has to get there first.
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NHL experts make bold 2021 playoff predictions on X factors, best series, more

The 2021 NHL season was a campaign the likes of which we've never seen -- and hope to never see again. The game schedule was limited (both in overall volume and variety of opponents). The fan capacity was limited. Thankfully, the permutations of how the Stanley Cup Final might play out are less limited because the NHL rebrackets the final four once we get to the semifinals.
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5 former Flyers to watch in NHL playoffs

For the fifth time in the last nine seasons, the Flyers are left watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs. While the club hasn't missed the playoffs in consecutive years since the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons, it hasn't made the postseason in consecutive years since the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns. As a...
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Bruins will hoist Stanley Cup according to EA Sports playoff simulation

Video game projects Boston to win first title since 2011 in seven-game series against Golden Knights. The video game gods have spoken: The Boston Bruins will hoist the Stanley Cup in 2021. The makers of NHL 21 simulated the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs and projected Boston to defeat the Vegas...
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Ovechkin Opens NHL Playoffs With Massive Hit on Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins were prepared for a heavyweight battle with the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. That’s exactly the way it’s playing out in the early going of Game 1 as Alex Ovechkin opened the playoffs with a massive hit on David Krejci in the opening five minutes of the first period.
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A preview to the NHL playoffs

Playoff time - the best time of year to be a hockey fan. As long as you’re a fan of one of the sixteen teams that made it to the second season. Unlike last summer/fall there will be no play-in rounds or bubbles. Teams will be playing in their home arenas, in front of fans (for the most part), and sleeping in their own beds for at least half of the games. Sadly, since there is no bubble hockey there is no all-day hockey extravagances either. Boo. I will miss 10:00 a.m.-till-10:00 p.m. MST hockey.
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The Ringer

The NHL Playoffs Entrance Survey

After a shortened regular season that saw intra-divisional rivalries flourish, longtime powerhouses surge back to the top of the league, and penalty boxes fill up like clown cars, we’ve finally reached the pinnacle of the NHL calendar: the start of the playoffs. Ahead of Saturday’s puck drop, The Ringer’s hockey heads got together to preview the players they’re most excited to watch this postseason, the teams they can’t wait to see get eliminated, and their picks to take home the Stanley Cup.
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North Division playoffs could start same day season ends, Daly says

One thing we know: The Boston Bruins will play at the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of their MassMutual East Division first-round series on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, CBC, TVAS). But many questions remain: When will the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoffs start when the regular season...
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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2021 First Round schedule, TV info

The 16 Stanley Cup playoff teams are set, and while we’re still waiting to see how the West Division matchups shake out, we know what the NHL First Round playoff schedule will look like. For this season only, the NHL realigned with four divisions. Teams played only against opponents from...
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Bracket Challenge for 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs opens Monday

NEW YORK/TORONTO -- 'Bracketology' marks its return to the NHL when early registration opens tonight at 7 p.m. ET for the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge™ presented by olive at NHL.com/Bracket. Fans worldwide can share their predictions for the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs and face off against friends, family, colleagues, hockey experts and fellow hockey fans. The eligible fan that finishes atop the leaderboard will win the chance to attend a 2022 NHL® event.
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