After what appeared to be a round that would end quickly with each of the series at one point being 3-1, hockey fans now have the fortune of watching three game seven’s with a ticket to the Conference Finals in each of them.
The schedule for these games is as follows:
Colorado Avalanche vs Dallas Stars today at 4:00 ET.
Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks tonight at 9:00 ET.
Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Islanders tomorrow at 7:00 ET.
Here is my prediction for each of these games.
Colorado Avalanche vs Dallas Stars:
This Central Division showdown has been an absolute battle back, and forth with Dallas dominating the beginning of the series taking a 3-1 series lead, and then Colorado fighting back the last two games to force a game seven.
In the past two games Colorado has outscored Dallas 10-4.
On paper the Avalanche are the better team, although thus far in the series Dallas has outshot, outperformed Colorado on the power play, while at the same time physically dominating the Avalanche outhitting them 301-237.
As much respect as the Stars have earned from people taking Colorado to a game seven, at this point it is the Avalanche’s series to lose as they clearly have the momentum.
The Avalanche have proven that when their backs are against the wall they have the talent, and ability to come back.
Colorado takes the series with a 4-2 win.
Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks:
After Vegas jumped out to a 3-1 series lead, I’m not sure many people gave Vancouver a chance to force a game seven.
Enter Thatcher Demko.
The 24 year old Vancouver goalie got his first start in Game Five stopping 42 of 43 shots, helping the Canucks beat Vegas 2-1 as Vancouver recorded just 17 shots on Vegas.
Demko came back for more last night as he earned a 48 save shutout as Vancouver defeated Vegas 4-0 to tie the series 3-3.
Besides Demko, Vegas has dominated this series having over 80 more shots on goal, a more efficient power play, and almost 30 more hits than Vancouver.
The Canucks may have saved their season simply by starting Demko over Markstrom as right now game seven is anyone’s game.
Demko comes back once for a third stellar performance as the Canucks steal Game Seven, and the series with a 3-2 win.
Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Islanders:
This Metropolitan Division battle has been electrifying with back-to-back overtime wins for the Flyers to even the series 3-3.
Heading into this series Philadelphia was definitely the favorite to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, although the Islanders quickly jumped out to a 3-1 series lead outscoring the Flyers 13-7 over the course of those four games.
What has been a difficulty for Philadelphia is the fact that the Flyers have failed to record a single power play goal on eleven opportunities this series, while the Islanders have scored four power play goals on seventeen opportunities; New York has outscored Philadelphia by exactly four goals.
Following Philadelphia’s Game Six double overtime win, there is absolutely no doubt the Flyers have the Islanders on their heels.
In order for New York to pull this upset off and send the Flyers home, the Islanders can not afford to get out to a sudden deficit against Philadelphia like they did in Game Six; however they also need to not allow Philadelphia back in the game as the Islanders have let the Flyers tie the game three times combined in Games Five and Six.
Philadelphia is the better team. Philadelphia has the momentum. Philadelphia takes Game Seven 4–3 (strong chance of overtime).
If these predictions hold up, and are correct the Western Conference Finals will be Colorado vs Vancouver, the Eastern Conference Finals will be Philadelphia vs Tampa Bay.
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