It's playoff time in the NHL, and the Chicago Blackhawks will begin their post-season with a series against the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference. The match is on April 15, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be played at Bridgestone Arena.
Central division rivals, Chicago and Nashville were only separated by two points at the end of the regular season. The Blackhawks had multiple chances to finish higher in the standings as Nashville failed to win in their last six matches.
However, the Blackhawks struggled as well. They lost their last four matches including against Central rivals St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild and the Colorado Avalanche. more >>
With the regular season wrapped up, the top teams are left and the New York Islanders play the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center in the first game of their playoff series. The match is on April 15, 2015 at 7 p.m. PM ET.
Metropolitan Division rivals, the Captials finished second and won home advantage despite being tied on points with the Islanders.
Washington ended their regular season with a loss against the New York Rangers. Before that loss they won two straight games and had six straight games where they secured at least a point. more >>
It is the start of the playoffs in the National Hockey League and the Montreal Canadiens play the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Center in the first round. The match is on April 15, 2015 at 7 p.m. ET.
As the top team in the Atlantic Division, the Canadiens were given an automatic seat in the post-season and will now face Wild Card winners Ottawa.
The Senators were fourth in the Atlantic but beat out the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers in the final two places in the East as they, along with the Pittsburgh Penguins move on to the post-season. more >>
Paris Saint-Germain have the tall task to eliminate Barcelona as they are paired in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. The first leg will be played on April 15, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. ET at Parc des Princes in Paris.
Already familiar to each other, Barcelona and PSG were in Group F in the group stages of the competition.
Barcelona won that group by winning five of six matches, while PSG came in second but were only two points behind the Catalans. In fact, Barcelona's only loss in the group stages was against PSG when they met in Paris in only their second games in the competition. more >>
On April 15, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. ET, Porto will host Bayern Munich in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal match-up. Their match will be at Estadio Do Dragao in Portugal.
Porto qualified to the knockout stages of the competition after winning Group H. Playing alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Club and BATE, the Portuguese club showed they were clearly better than their rivals as they were the only team not to taste defeat in the group.
And in the round-of-16, they were tasked to battle Basel, with the first leg of their tie to be played at St. Jakob-Park. more >>
Florida will be buzzing as the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Detroit Red Wings at Amalie Arena in Game 1 of their first round battle in the NHL playoffs. The match is on April 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Tampa Bay finished the season second in the Atlantic Division, only two points behind the Montreal Canadiens and eight points ahead of the Red Wings. They ended the season on a three-game win streak and have secured at least a point in their last four matches.
Meanwhile, Detroit barely beat the Ottawa Senators for the third spot in the division after securing 100 points against Ottawa's 99. Detroit were very inconsistent in the final stretch of the season, alternating wins and losses in their last six games of the season. However, they did get an important 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in their last game to avoid being in the Wild Card place to potentially face either of the top teams in the East. more >>