Behind the Mask

Games of the Week 4/3/21

Behind The Mask

With Kelly Hrudey

Pittsburgh lead Buffalo by four points with both teams having two games remaining. The Penguins could also pass New Jersey to avoid a first round meeting with Florida. Hartford and Quebec will battle to see who will face the New York Islanders in the first round. Yes there's alot to be decided so let's go!

Sunday, April 4, 2021: vs

The Devils with a win here would ensure themselves a date with the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs. It's that or facing Florida so I guess they could pick their poison. My guess is they'll want to enter the post season on a winning note.

Prediction
vs
3 1
Actual
vs
1 3


Sunday, April 4, 2021: vs

The hard charging Penguins have won five straight games and with a single point in either of their remaining two games against the Blueshirts will secure a playoff birth. Should they win those two games coupled with a New Jersey loss, they'll avoid Florida and face Montreal. The Rangers do play them tough....

Prediction
vs
3 2
Actual
vs
4 2


Sunday, April 4, 2021: vs

The Kings took themselves out of contention by dropping their last seven straight games. Buffalo still has a chance but they'll have to win out and pray for Pittsburgh to falter against the New York Rangers. Buffalo 5-1-4 in their last ten games are probably going to rue not getting extra points from those four ties.

Prediction
vs
1 4
Actual
vs
2 0


Sunday, April 4, 2021: vs

The Leafs have impressed me with their play this season and what better way to put a possible future playoff matchup on alert than having a good showing against Florida. Toronto are 6-0-4 in their last ten games and look to keep the momentum going. The Eastern Conference Champions can't be overlooked however. While 4-6 in their previous ten games, I don't think anyone envies the thought of facing the Panthers in the first round. Expectations are high in Florida as they should be and they look to prove to everybody that they are the team to beat in the east.

Prediction
vs
2 4
Actual
vs
2 3


Monday, April 5, 2021: vs

This game should decide who will play the New York Islanders in the first round. Hartford have a game in hand against Tampa Bay the day before and I'm assuming they will defeat the Lightning to setup this show down. Hartford owns the season series 6-1 and are arguably playing their best hockey at the moment. The same can be said of Les Nordiques. 8-2 in their last ten games, it looks like Quebec is ready to strut their stuff. This could the springboard they need to establish their confidence against a team that has perennially given them trouble. It should be a great game and what better way to end the season!

Prediction
vs
1 2
Actual (OT)
vs
2 2


It should be a fun two days as the season ends with so much up for grabs. I'm really looking forward to the playoffs and yes I'll be doing a playoff preview for your reading pleasure once the matchups are decided. As always your feedback is welcomed and appreciated. In the meantime enjoy the games and please be safe everybody.

KH

4/3/2021
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Excellent read! Hope this rides into the playoffs

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