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There’s only one team with a shot of getting eliminated on Wednesday night when the NHL playoffs resume. The San Jose Sharks will try to close out the Anaheim Ducks in what’s been an ugly series, while the Devils and Avalanche will look to even up their series after each earning a win on home ice on Monday.
In the opening game of the night, the Penguins face the Flyers in a pivotal Game 4 with the Pens up 2-1 against the Pennsylvania rivals. There hasn’t been a competitive game yet in this series, so we’ll see if Wednesday bucks that trend. Meanwhile, the Devils look for an improbable 2-2 tie at home after proving that they can score, too, in Game 3.
The graveyard shift features the Avalanche trying to tie things up with a Nashville team that got a little bit chippy when they got down in Game 3, and a Sharks team looking to just survive what has been a dirty series with the Ducks.
Wednesday’s full schedule
David Puddy in the house!
We’re the Devils! The Devils! Hissssssssss.
Shoutout to old man Puddy for staying surprisingly buff these days.
Rough start for Flyers
We knew Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin could be in for a big game with Sean Couturier out of the lineup, and they got off to a hot start by connecting on the first goal less than five minutes into the game. Crosby found Malkin on an early power play opportunity for the Penguins. Crosby’s pass had eyes.
Then, things got worse for Philly. About 10 minutes later, Brian Elliott, who has struggled mightily at points in this series, gave up a terrible goal to Phil Kessel. Elliott can’t be giving up softies like that if the Flyers are going to climb back into the series. The Penguins’ offensive attack is good enough without giving them gifts.
Flyers’ Sean Couturier out Wednesday
Flyers’ star Sean Couturier suffered an injury after a collision with Radko Gudas in practice, and the Flyers will be without their No. 2 goal scorer for the regular season. It’s a major blow for a team that restored hope in Game 3, and the Flyers will need to dig deep to find goals from someone besides Claude Giroux. Full story here.
Golden Knights now front-runners in Stanley Cup odds
As the first team to win a playoff series, Vegas is all in on the home team. After sweeping the Kings behind the dominant play of Marc-Andre Fleury, the Golden Knights look like the real deal. Full story here.
Nashville’s Pekka Rinne a Vezina Trophy finalist
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Pekka Rinne joins Connor Hellebuyck of the Jets and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Lightning as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, but with two of those three goalies in action tonight, we can watch some of the best goalies in the league play on Wednesday. Full story here.
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