Ramblings: Preds, Bolts, Bruins, Sharks All Go Up 2-0, Six Points for Pasta (April 15)

Ian Gooding

2018-04-15

Preds, Bolts, Bruins, Sharks All Go Up 2-0

All four series on Saturday saw teams take a 2-0 in their series. So now we have six teams (Nashville, Tampa Bay, Boston, San Jose, Vegas, and Winnipeg) all leading their series 2-0.
 


So according to those odds, five of those six teams will go on to win their series if the universe unfolds as it should. So of that group, which of those teams do you think is the most likely not to win its series? Or to put it another way, which of Colorado, New Jersey, Toronto, Anaheim, Los Angeles, or Minnesota is the most likely to bounce back and win its series? Tough call. All of those teams except for Anaheim will be returning home for the next two games, so I’d expect that one or two of these teams will still at least make it into a series.  

Tampa Bay/New Jersey

Alex Killorn scored two power-play goals to lead the Lightning to a 5-3 win over New Jersey. Killorn now has three goals over his first two playoff games.

Nikita Kucherov assisted on both of Killorn’s goals and scored a goal of his own. Kucherov has more playoff goals (24) than any other player since he entered the league in 2013-14. This won’t be a surprising statement by any means, but Kucherov should be considered an elite option in playoff pools.

Even though New Jersey is down 2-0 in this series and was down 5-1 at one point in this game, an encouraging sign for them is the fact that they controlled a significant portion of Game 2. Andrei Vasilevskiy had to face 44 shots to earn the win.

In my previous Ramblings, I mentioned that Cory Schneider could use an opportunity during the playoffs to revitalize his fantasy value. Sure enough, opportunity knocks. Keith Kinkaid was pulled for Schneider in Game 2 after Kinkaid allowed five goals on 15 shots. I’d be surprised if Schneider doesn’t get the call for Game 3 even though Kinkaid has basically been the starter since February. Schneider will have his work cut out for him against the heavily favored Lightning, but let’s see what he can do. Remember that Schneider hasn’t e