With the exception of the Seattle/Winnipeg makeup game on Sunday, the regular season has ended. Here are your playoff matchups:
Florida vs. Washington
Carolina vs. Boston
NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh
Toronto vs. Tampa Bay
Colorado vs. Nashville
Calgary vs. Dallas
Minnesota vs. St. Louis
Edmonton vs. Los Angeles
The fun starts on Monday. I'll discuss the playoffs more in tomorrow's Ramblings, and look for the Dobber writers to provide their playoff picks shortly after that.
Today I'll focus on Friday's schedule, which wraps up the regular season for most teams. Like a real hockey game, why don't we start with the national anthem?
The Florida Panthers have won the President's Trophy with the league's best record. The Montreal Canadiens will finish with the best odds for the lottery draft. Yet in a bizarre role reversal, the Habs won by a score of 10-2. The Panthers rested a whole bunch of regulars again for this game to prepare for the playoffs, and it showed.
Cole Caufield had an outstanding game, recording his first career hat trick to go with a plus-4 with nine shots. After a slow start, the Habs forward finishes his rookie season with 23 goals and 43 points in 67 games. Although Caufield's production slowed down later in the season (aside from this game), you probably already know how his season took off after Martin St. Louis was hired as coach. It's diff