Facing the only Wild Card team to score at least 100 points, the St. Louis Blues will host the Minnesota Wild at Scottrade Center in the first round of the NHL Playoffs. The match is on April 16, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. ET.
St. Louis finished the regular season as the top team in the Central Division. They held a five point lead over the Nashville Predators and were second in the Western Conference behind the Anaheim Ducks, despite being tied on points.
The Blues also finished the regular season strong, winning five of their last six matches including a two-game win streak to close things out. more >>
The Anaheim Ducks host the Winnipeg Jets at Honda Center in Game 1 of their NHL Playoff series. The match will be played on April 16, 2015, the puck drops at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Anaheim finished the regular season as the top team in the Western Conference. They were level on points with the St. Louis Blues but beat them due to tie breakers.
As for the Pacific Division, they held an eight-point lead over the second-seeded Vancouver Canucks and are only one of three teams that made it to the post-season from the division. more >>
When it comes to being a parent of a child who is in the armed forces, there tends to be a lot of emotion involved. Having an overwhelming of pride for them is typical for most parents to feel. In this reunion, you can feel the emotions from this loving father when he is surprised by his heroic son!
This combination of emotions make for an incredibly beautiful moment when a young service member returns home safe. Eitan and Ronit Urman of Scottsdale, Arizona got to experience the amazing feeling of relief together. The father has a reaction that everyone around the hockey world can smile about. When he grabs his son and hugs him tight, he falls on the ice -- a hilarious moment that they can look back on and laugh about in the future.
Dan had been stationed in Afghanistan since November of 2014 and was scheduled to return home in May or June. He had learned he could come home early and he contacted the Arizona Coyotes to plan a surprise. more >>
Youth beat out experience in Game 1 between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames in the Rodgers Arena. Calgary will try to take a commanding 2-0 lead in Game 2 on April 17, 2015 at 10 p.m. ET.
Both teams started off slow in the first game, with both teams unable to make a breakthrough in the first period. There were a total of 23 shots, 13 by Vancouver and 10 by Calgary.
Despite the lack of goals it was an action-packed game, and the breakthrough finally came in the 13th minute of the second period when Bo Horvat scored off assists by Jannik Hansen and Alexander Edler. Slick passing from behind the goal to the front of Jonas Hiller led to Horvat's goal. more >>
It took five periods before the game was decided, but the Chicago Blackhawks come into Game 2 of their NHL playoff series against the Nashville Predators leading 1-0. The second game will still be in Tennessee and will be on April 17, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. ET.
With the home advantage with the Predators, they started off scorching in the first period of the playoff opener.
Colin Wilson opened the scoring for Nashville as he raced down the side of the ice to beat Corey Crawford only within the first seven minutes of the game. After 10 minutes, the Predators made it 2-0 with Viktor Stalberg scoring on an open goal after Crawford missed the clearance and left his post as Nashville won the puck again to double their cushion. more >>
Fresh from their Game 1 win, the New York Islanders try to win their second game at the Verizon Center when they face the Washington Capitals in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference battle. The game will be on April 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
In the first game, both teams matched up pretty well early, with Brock Nelson picking up the puck in the middle to blast a shot on Braden Holtby's glove side to give the Islanders the lead in the seventh minute of the game.
Marcus Johanssen leveled things in the closing minute of the first period with a goal after a scuffle behind the New York goal. The Capitals eventually won the puck and Johanssen blasted a shot that hit the top-left corner of the goal. However, things started to turn around in the second period, with Ryan Strome scoring off a John Tavares assist in the fourth minute to restore the New York lead. more >>