Stanley Cup qualifiers preview: round-robin east

Boston Bruins

2019-20 season: 44-14-12, .714 percentage points

Season series: TBL 1-2-1; WSH 1-1-1; PHI 1-0-2

Groundbreaking game

Ahead Brad Marchand tied st louis blues center Ryan O’Reilly for the NHL lead with 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. His 87 points (29 goals, 58 assists) in 70 games before the season stopped on March 12 due Concerns about the coronavirus were his second in the NHL career, behind the 100 (36 goals, 64 assists) he scored in 79 games last season.


Tuukka Rask He was 26-8-6 with an average of 2.12 goals against and a saving percentage of .929, and is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the best goalkeeper in the NHL. There is a possibility of backup Jaroslav Halak (18-6-6, 2.39, .919) starts during the round-robin. Rask and Halak combined to win the William M. Jennings Trophy because Boston allowed the fewest goals in the NHL during the regular season (167).

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If the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup Final, they would become the fifth team in 21 seasons to arrive in consecutive seasons, after the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016 and 2017; 2008 and 2009), Detroit Red Wings (2008 and 2009). , New Jersey Devils (2000 and 2001) and Dallas Stars (1999 and 2000).

They said it

“There is a mission here. There is a mission for us to win the Stanley Cup and finish the job.” — ahead Jake DeBrusk

Projected alignment

Brad Marchand – Patrice bergeronAnders Bjork

Jake DeBrusk – David KrejciKarson Kuhlman

Sean KuralyCharlie CoyleNick Ritchie

Joakim NordstromPar LindholmChris Wagner

Zdeno CharaCharlie McAvoy

Brandon CarloTorey Krug

Matt GrzelcykJeremy Lauzon

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Lined: Trent Frederic, Zach Senyshyn, Jack studnicka, Connor Clifton, John moore, Urho Vaakanainen, Jakub Zboril, Maxime Lagace, Dan Vladar

Not suitable for playing: David Pastrnak, Ondrej Kase

Video: Boston Bruins Highlight Reel

Tampa Bay Lightning

2019-20 season: 43-21-6, .657 percentage points

Season series: BOS 3-1-0; WSH 0-2-1; PHI 2-0-0

Groundbreaking game

Ahead Nikita Kucherov it can be among the best NHL players when it’s on; He won the Hart Trophy voted as League MVP last season with 128 points (41 goals, 87 assists). He scored 85 points (33 goals, 52 assists) in 68 games before the season stopped on March 12 due to concerns about the coronavirus. With Steven stamkos and Brayden PointKucherov is part of an upper line that can be difficult to stop. He is a threat due to his skills as a scorer and game maker, and his creativity is one of the keys to Lightning’s fortune.


Andrei Vasilevskiy He was voted the Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s best goalkeeper last season and is a finalist for the award this season. He had an average of 2.88 goals against and a .906 saving percentage in his first 25 starts this season, but finished with a GAA of 2.56 and a .917 saving percentage. Vasilevskiy had a GAA of 3.82 and a saving percentage of .856 in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the Lightning were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the First Round of the Eastern Conference.

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Rayo finished first in the NHL in goals (243) and goals per game (3.47) this season. It was the third consecutive season that they finished first in the League in scoring. The Toronto Maple Leafs were second in goals (237), and the Washington Capitals were second in goals per game (3.42).

They said it

“I don’t think I’m going to be alone. We have a great group of boys here, and I think if I don’t have a good game, I know the boys are going to pick me up.” let’s help each other get through this. It will be a fun experience. “- ahead Yanni Gourde

Projected alignment

Steven Stamkos – Punta Brayden – Nikita Kucherov

Alex KillornAnthony CirelliOndrej Palat

Blake ColemanTyler JohnsonBarclay Goodrow

Pat maroonCedric packYanni Gourde

Victor HedmanJan Rutta

Ryan McDonaghErik Cernak

Mikhail SergachevKevin Shattenkirk

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Lined: Mathieu Joseph, Mitchell Stephens, Carter Verhaeghe, Alexander Volkov, Zach Bogosian, Braydon coburn, Luke Schenn, Scott Wedgewood

Not suitable for playing: None

Video: Tampa Bay Lightning Highlight Reel

Capitals of Washington

2019-20 season: 41-20-8, .652 percentage points

Season series: BOS 2-1-0; TBL 3-0-0; PHI 1-3-0

Groundbreaking game

In his 15th NHL season, left wing Alex Ovechkin Boston Bruins tied forward David Pastrnak for the NHL lead with 48 goals in 68 games. It was his ninth NHL record leading the League in goals. He is eighth in NHL history with 706.


Although Braden holtby (25-14-6) had the worst goal average against (3.11) and saving percentage (.897) of his career in the 10-season NHL, the 30-year-old played well in his last 11 games, with 5-3 -2 mark with 2.75 GAA and .911 savings percentage. Holtby’s 2.09 GAA and .928 save percentage in the playoffs rank first among active goalkeepers (minimum 50 games). Novice Backup Ilya Samsonov suffered an injury that ended the season before leaving training camp Pheonix Copley or Vitek Vanecek to back up Holtby. Copley, who was the Capitals’ backup last season, was 17-8-6 with 2.46 GAA, a .905 save percentage and two shutouts with Hershey in the American Hockey League this season. Vanecek, who has yet to play an NHL game, had a 19-10-1 record with 2.26 GAA, a .917 save percentage and two shutouts with Hershey.

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Washington’s power game was fifth in the NHL with 25.3 percent (22 of 87) through 28 games, but it was 30 in the NHL with 15.5 percent (20 of 129) in 41 games after that. … Capitals had the best NHL winning percentage at the end after two periods (.321; 9-17-2).

They said it

“We are playing for a championship here. A little bit different circumstances, but at the same time, we are playing for the same thing. Whichever team is best prepared, that is the team that will win.” – center Nicklas Backstrom

Projected alignment

Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny KuznetsovTom Wilson

Jakub Vrana – Nicklas Backstrom – TJ Oshie

Carl HagelinLars EllerIlya Kovalchuk

Richard PanikNic DowdHathaway Garnet

Michal KempnyJohn Carlson

Brende DillonDmitry Orlov

Jonas SiegenthalerNick jensen

Braden holtby

Pheonix Copley

Lined: Alexander Alexeyev, Travis boyd, Martin Fehervary, Radko Gudas, Tyler Lewington, Philippe Maillet, Beck Malenstyn, Connor McMichael, Brian Pinho, Daniel Sprong, Vitek Vanecek

Not suitable for playing: Ilya Samsonov

Video: Washington Capitals Featured Reel

Philadelphia Flyers

2019-20 season: 41-21-7, .645 percentage points

Season series: BOS 2-1-0; TBL 0-2-0; WSH 3-0-1

Groundbreaking game

Sean Couturier, Philadelphia’s center-back center, was third in the Flyers in goals (22) and second in points (59). A Selke Trophy finalist as the best defensive striker in the NHL, he won 59.6 percent of his matches (500 league minimum), including 59.5 percent of the matches in the defensive zone, the third best in the NHL behind teammate Claude Giroux (65.8 percent) and Jay Beagle of the Vancouver Canucks (61.0 percent). Coach Alain Vigneault will use Couturier in every important situation 5 on 5 and on special teams.


Carter Hart, in his first full NHL season, won 24 games, had a .914 save percentage and was eighth in the NHL with an average of 2.42 goals against in 43 games before the season stopped on March 12 due to concerns about the coronavirus. The 21-year-old was the NHL’s youngest goalkeeper to play at least 20 games this season, and his teammates have shown a lot of confidence in him.

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The Flyers allowed a low NHL of 28.7 shots on goal per game. That includes limiting the Boston Bruins to an average of 29.3 shots on goal in three games, below Boston’s season average of 32.1; Tampa Bay Lightning at 26.0 in two games, below the Tampa Bay average of 31.1; and Washington’s capitals at 29.5 in four games, below the Washington average of 32.0.

They said it

“I think it doesn’t matter who we play with, this team is very confident. We had a great season … We are a very tight team, we all pull the same rope, whether the best boys take all the points and the boys from Third and fourth lines doing their job, it’s a full team effort every night. It’s been fun all year. I know the so-called best teams that had the best seasons are in the round robin. “It doesn’t matter who we’re playing with. Our coaches and our players are very confident playing against anyone. ” – center Kevin Hayes

Projected alignment

Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Jakub Voracek

Joel Farabee – Kevin Hayes – Travis Konecny

James van RiemsdykDerek GrantTyler Pitlick

Scott LaughtonNate ThompsonMichael Raffl

Ivan ProvorovMatt Niskanen

Travis SanheimPhilippe Myers

Robert HaggJustin Braun

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Lined: Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Andy Andreoff, Connor Bunnaman, Morgan Frost, Mark Friedman, Oskar Lindblom,Shayne Gostisbehere, Andy Welinski, Yegor Zamula, Alex Lyon, Kirill Ustimenko

Not suitable for playing: None writers Amalie Benjamin, Tom Gulitti and Adam Kimelman contributed to this report.

Video: Philadelphia Flyers Highlight Reel