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Who To Back On Saturday
By Bob Duff
It’s only Game 2 of the series, so no reason to panic, right? Well, to a certain extent.
Teams that go up 2-0 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup series are 305-48, an 86.4 per cent success rate.
The mood in the Windy City might be blowing toward concern but that would be foolish. Look beyond the final score of Chicago’s 1-0 Game 1 loss to Nashville and you’ll find that the Blackhawks dominated this game. Chicago’s Corsi of 64.04 per cent was the best of any team in Game 1 and the Blackhawks’ zone start percentage of 68.71 was second only to the Minnesota Wild.
Chicago was beaten by a hot goalie, an uncontrollable factor in Stanley Cup play.
Pekka Rinne stopped all 29 shots he faced and Viktor Arvidsson scored the lone goal, only his second career playoff tally.
Nashville’s 35.96 Corsi was the worst of the 16 teams in Game 1. The Blackhawks suffered their first shutout at home during the postseason since April 23, 2012, snapping a streak of 37 straight games with at least one goal. So the odds of it happening two games in a row are astronomical.
Pick: The Blackhawks (-175) and the under (5)
Boston dominated analytics during the regular season as the NHL’s second-best Corsi team but the Bruins’ didn’t fancy their fancy stats in Game 1.
The Bruins were 12th in Corsi (45.16) and 13th in five-on-five zone starts (41.67) during the game but still tallied a 2-1 win when Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal with 2:33 remaining in regulation.
Scoring woes continue to dog the Senators and especially forward Mark Stone, who is now goalless in 16 games since returning from a seven-game absence due to a lower body injury. Losing Game 1 is disconcerting for the Senators, who are 2-13 all-time when falling behind 1-0 in a playoff series.
Pick: The Senators (EVEN) and the under (5)
Washington’s depth and experience ultimately overcame the spunky Leafs in Game 1 of this set. Three-time Stanley Cup winner Justin Williams scored twice, his fourth career multi-goal performance in the postseason and first since April 28, 2014 against San Jose.
Meanwhile, Tom Wilson netted the overtime winner, the first player in Capitals history to score his first Stanley Cup goal in OT.
Toronto had Washington down 2-0 less than 10 minutes after the opening faceoff. Mitchell Marner scored 1:35 into his playoff debut, marking the fastest goal by a Maple Leafs player to begin his postseason career since Andy Blair also scored 1:35 into his debut on March 19, 1929 at Detroit.
Pick: The Capitals (+245) and the over (5.5)
It’s 28 games in a row and counting for the Flames when it comes to consecutive defeats at the Honda Center following Calgary’s 3-2 loss in Game 1. Anaheim’s victory extended the longest such streak against a single opponent in NHL history.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was the best player on the ice in Game 1, figuring in all three goals and winning 12 of 20 faceoff. Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist as the Ducks rallied from a 2-1 deficit. Getzlaf opened the scoring with the 100th point of his playoff career. He ranks first in Ducks franchise history with 30-71-101 totals in 105 career playoff games.
Pick: The Ducks (+160) and the over (5)More articles...