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Stanley Cup Playoffs open thread: May 9

The first team could be sent packing from the playoffs tonight.

Nashville Predators v Colorado Avalanche - Game Two Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 4: Florida Panthers @ Washington Capitals

WSH leads 2-1

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet One (English) TVA Sports 2 (French)
In the U.S.: TBS
In the Panthers region: Bally Sports Florida
In the Capitals region: NBC Sports Washington
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

Florida was supposed to breeze through this round, but they now have to fight just to get the series back on even terms. In Game 3 they were held to just one goal, something that hadn’t happened to them since January 18. The Panthers will need to get their play turned around in a hurry or they could find themselves packing up for the summer just over a week since clinching the Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s top team in the regular season.

Game 4: New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins

PIT leads 2-1

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English) TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: ESPN
In the Rangers region: MSG
In the Bruins region: ATTSN Pittsburgh
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

This series was a bit closer on paper, but the Rangers were still favoured to come out on top. They nearly completed a comeback in Game 3, erasing a 4-1 deficit to get the game tied before the second intermission, but proceeded to surrender three unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes. Vezina Trophy favourite Igor Shesterkin was pulled from the last game, so it will be interesting to see how he responds.

Game 4: Colorado Avalanche @ Nashville Predators

COL leads 3-0

How to watch

Start time: 9:45 PM EDT / 6:45 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet One (English) TVA Sports 2 (French)
In the U.S.: ESPN
In the Avalanche region: Altitude
In the Predators region: Bally Sports South
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

The first team to be pushed to the brink of elimination is the Nashville Predators, who just can’t match up to the skill level of their opponent. The Avalanche posted another seven goals on them last time out, and Nashville only has a total of six in the entire series. The Preds will need their home crowd to provide a significant boost to keep them around in this post-season.

Game 4: Calgary Flames @ Dallas Stars

DAL leads 2-1

How to watch

Start time: 9:45 PM EDT / 6:45 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English) TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: TBS
In the Stars region: Bally Sports Southwest
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

In a series with stellar goaltending being the story, it was a relative goal-scoring explosion for the Stars on Saturday as they won 4-2 on home ice, getting the winning goal on a power play midway through the third. It was Joe Pavelski’s second of the game, and the veteran is doing his best to try to win a Stanley Cup, which would happen a few days before his 38th birthday.