PHT’s Season Preview: 30 questions, 120 answers

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We made a list of 30 questions ahead of the 2015-16 NHL season, then we tried to answer those questions. Enjoy:

1. Of all the teams that missed the playoffs last season, the most likely to make the playoffs this season is…

Jason Brough: The Kings. I still wonder about their defensive depth, but this should be a very motivated group.

James O’Brien: The Kings. Edging their pals from San Jose by a hair.

Ryan Dadoun: The Kings. The extra rest alone should close the gap.

Mike Halford: Way to go out on a limb, guys. But you’re all wrong. It’s Columbus.

2. Of all the teams that made the playoffs last season, the most likely to miss the playoffs is…

JB: Vancouver. Especially if Ryan Miller starts the majority of games.

JO: Vancouver. Expect them to fall into the 10th-12th range of the Western Conference.

RD: Ottawa. The Sens have some promising young forwards, but I have reservations about their goaltending.

MH: Winnipeg. The Central Division is too hard. It’s kinda unfair.

3. One team that isn’t getting enough respect is…

JB: Florida. The Panthers’ extreme mix of youth and experience has definite playoff potential.

JO: San Jose. Still a ton of talent, now with a clean(er) slate.

RD: Toronto. I don’t think the Leafs’ fundamental problem has been a lack of talent. With Mike Babcock in charge, they might surprise by contending for a playoff spot.

MH: Columbus. I’m big on Columbus this year. Brandon SaadRyan JohansenNick Foligno will be one of the league’s highest-scoring lines.

4. One team that’s getting too much respect is…

JB: Columbus. I get why people are excited about the Jackets — there’s a lot of talent up front and in goal. But is that blue line good enough? I’m not so sure.

JO: Calgary. Although watch out in a couple of years.

RD: Minnesota. What happens if Devan Dubnyk doesn’t play like an elite goalie? Because that’s quite possible.

MH: Pittsburgh. The Pens have a real 2003 Colorado Avalanche vibe about them. (Also, don’t listen to Brough. Columbus! Columbus!)

5. The worst team in the NHL will be…

JB: Arizona. The Coyotes should finish in pole position to win the draft lottery. Given local boy Auston Matthews is projected to go first overall, you wonder if that’s been the plan all along.

JO: Arizona. But this isn’t the no-brainer that Buffalo was last season.

RD: Arizona. I want to be a contrarian, especially seeing as I like the Coyotes’ core of prospects, but they’re a ways off.

MH: Carolina. I’m only saying that to be different. (It’ll be Arizona.)

6. The biggest wildcard team (i.e. could be decent, could be a disaster) is…

JB: Vancouver. I know I said the Canucks would miss the playoffs, but they do have some young talent now. Bo Horvat is a future star. And if they give him the chance and he steps up, Jacob Markstrom has the potential to outplay Miller (and create yet another goaltending controversy).

JO: Columbus. Honestly, 2014-15 was so insane with all the injuries that it might as well be deleted from the ledger, although Nick Foligno’s accountant would disagree.

RD: Dallas. If that goaltending duo works out, and if Ales Hemsky and Patrick Sharp can bounce back, then the Stars could be a very dangerous team. None of those players are sure things though.

MH: Buffalo. Everyone’s expecting a significant leap forward, but the defense is still lousy and I have major doubts that Robin Lehner is the answer in goal.

7. The Canadian team with the best chance to win the country’s first Stanley Cup since 1993 is…

JB: I guess it’s still Montreal. It’ll be Calgary soon though, assuming the Flames figure out their goaltending.

JO: Montreal. They’re limited by their coach’s whims, but they have P.K. Subban and Carey Price.

RD: Montreal. The Habs aren’t my top pick to win the Cup, but they have the pieces to make a run.

MH: Quebec City.

8. The Detroit Red Wings have made the playoffs 24 straight seasons. Will they make it 25?

JB: Yes. Unless Pavel Datsyuk is hurt all the time. Even at 37, he’s still the key to their success.

JO: Yes. If Datsyuk were healthier, they’d be downright frisky. Love the addition of Mike Green.

RD: Yes. Excited to see what Dylan Larkin is all about.

MH: Yes. And James, please don’t say frisky. The Red Wings are not a dog that’s chasing a tennis ball.

9. Two teams are guaranteed to miss the playoffs in the Central Division. Those two will be…

JB: I’ll say Colorado and Minnesota. The former with a decent amount of confidence, the latter with practically none.

JO: Colorado and Winnipeg. Both have some strengths, yet their weaknesses (scheme for Avs, goaltending for Jets) leave them behind the impressive Central pack.

RD: Winnipeg and Minnesota. For the record, I am very uneasy predicting that.

MH: Winnipeg and Nashville. Very tough question, so I’ll just pick the two with the lowest payrolls.

10. Are the Chicago Blackhawks more likely to repeat as champions or miss the playoffs?

JB: Repeat as champions. Nobody’s done that in the salary-cap era, but some team will eventually. I actually think the Hawks upgraded at second-line center by getting Artem Anisimov.

JO: Miss the playoffs. The Blackhawks are no more immune to missing the postseason than the Kings were last season.

RD: Repeat as champions. They’ve had significant turnover, but they are still built for another serious run.

MH: Miss the playoffs. The last time they lost so many guys (after 2010), they barely qualified and lost in the first round.

11. Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel: who will finish with more points?

JB: McDavid. He’s a points machine, and he’s already showing chemistry with Taylor Hall.

JO: McDavid. Believe the hype.

RD: McDavid. As great as Eichel looks, which is pretty freaking great.

MH: McDavid. McDavid will score more with Hall, who’s a better trigger man than anyone Buffalo can put with Eichel. Yeah, yeah, Evander Kane scored 30 goals once. I know.

12. McDavid’s Oilers or Eichel’s Sabres – which team will finish higher in the standings?

JB: Sabres by a nose. But both teams still have serious blue-line deficiencies, with questionable goaltending to boot. I expect each to be back in the draft lottery.

JO: Oilers. It’s beyond “put-up or shut-up” time for the Oil, while Buffalo remains a work in progress.

RD: Oilers. Edmonton’s core is more firmly in place compared to Buffalo, which will need some time to come together.

MH: Brough’s right on this one, and it pains me to say that. Buffalo by the slimmest of margins.

13. If neither McDavid nor Eichel win rookie of the year, this player will:

JB: Sam Bennett in Calgary. Have I mentioned the Flames are going to be a serious contender soon?

JO: Sam Bennett. I know, not very creative.

RD: Sam Bennett. The Flames only had one good scoring line last season, but Bennett will help change that.

MH: I think James and Ryan are scared of disagreeing with Brough. I’ll take Max Domi in Arizona.

14. A young player (not a rookie) who’s primed to take the next step is…

JB: Evgeny Kuznetsov in Washington. He already took a step last season. If he takes another, the Caps have a legit shot of winning it all.

JO: Jonathan Drouin for the Bolts. The talent is obviously there. He just needs to earn his coach’s trust.

RD: Valeri Nichushkin in Dallas. He might have taken that step last season if not for his hip injury.

MH: Matt Dumba in Minnesota. His rise will also allow the Wild to cut Ryan Suter to a mere 47 minutes a night, which is nice.

15. The team that should be most worried about its goaltending is…

JB: Dallas. The Stars have a huge amount of cap space tied up in Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi, neither of whom are trending in the right direction.

JO: Calgary. It’s astounding they made the playoffs considering how mediocre their net play was last season.

RD: San Jose. Martin Jones and Alex Stalock are cheap for a reason. Neither’s done much at the NHL level.

MH: Edmonton. The starter (Cam Talbot) has never been a full-time starter before. The backup (Anders Nilsson) has never been a full-time backup before. And behind that defense? Yikes.

16. The team that should be most worried about its defense is…

JB: Boston. Only Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg have averaged more than 20 minutes in a full NHL season. Chara is 38. Seidenberg is 34, and starting the season hurt.

JO: Carolina. Justin Faulk is a gem, no doubt, but it feels like their defense has been leaky since … always?

RD: Edmonton. The Oilers have made strides towards addressing the blue line, but it remains a significant point of concern.

MH: Pittsburgh. The group was held together by medical tape last year, dressed two warm bodies in the playoffs, lost Paul Martin, and the big offseason get was… Adam Clendening?

17. The team that should be most worried about its forwards is…

JB: Nashville. True, guys like Craig Wilson and Colin Smith are underrated, but the Preds don’t have a Hart, Art Ross, or Selke candidate up front. When was the last time a team won a Cup without one or two of those?

JO: Toronto. People loved bashing Phil Kessel; just wait ’til they see the drop-off now that he’s gone.

RD: New Jersey. But drafting Pavel Zacha was a good start to solving the problem. Did you know that Zacha was the first forward the Devils drafted in the top 10 since Bill Guerin?

MH: Boston. Last year’s forward group struggled to score, and now it’s without Milan Lucic, Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith. Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes aren’t going to make it all better.

18. The player with the most to prove is…

JB: Alex Semin. With all that’s been said about him? He’d better have something to prove.

JO: Ryan O'Reilly got his money. Now it’s time to show he was worth it.

RD: Evander Kane’s time in Winnipeg didn’t end well. He’s getting a fresh start in Buffalo, surrounded by young talent.

MH: Rick Nash. Not regular season Rick Nash, of course — I mean playoff Rick Nash. The Rangers’ Cup window is closing, and he can’t pull another Houdini act as soon as the games start to matter. He’s paid to score goals.

19. The best free-agent addition will be…

JB: Paul Martin in San Jose. Under-the-radar signing. The Sharks should expect nothing less than getting back to the playoffs.

JO: Christian Ehrhoff for $1.5 million seems like a good deal for the Kings, as long as he can stay healthy.

RD: Cody Franson in Buffalo. The Sabres took advantage of favorable market conditions to get him at a steep discount.

MH: Justin Williams in Washington. Perfect fit for that team. HE WINS GAME 7’s!

20. Phil Kessel’s goal total: over or under 40?

JB: Under. That’s not a knock on Kessel; he’ll get a lot of goals. But only three guys scored more than 40 last year. It’s the new 50.

JO: Over, barely. A scary power play will push him over the top.

RD: Over. If Kessel could score 37 goals with Tyler Bozak as his regular center, then getting paired up with Sidney Crosby should be enough to push him over that hump.

MH: Under. He’ll get around 35, which is by no means a bad year.

21. Will Steven Stamkos re-sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning?

JB: Yes, with 70 percent confidence. I don’t think it’s a slam dunk, but come on, you don’t trade a guy like Steven Stamkos. Do you?

JO: Yes, big-time free agents almost never go free in the NHL, which is kind of a bummer in some ways.

RD: No. Stamkos is a critical part of the Lightning and if they weren’t able to come to terms with him this summer in spite of that, then that’s telling to me.

MH: Yes. The key is Steve Yzerman making the money work, which he will. He kinda has to.

22. One big-name player that will get traded before the Feb. 29 deadline is…

JB: Is Mark Streit a big name? I’ll say him. He’s 37 and has two years left on his contract. Obviously, he’s not part of the Flyers’ future. Might as well flip him to a contender.

JO: Dustin Byfuglien. Another tough call for Kevin Cheveldayoff, especially if the Jets are in a playoff position at the deadline.

RD: Eric Staal. Carolina is likely to miss the playoffs for a seventh straight season and there’s questions as to whether he’ll re-sign.

MH: Shane Doan. The Coyotes will to be horrible and, to thank Doan for his years of service, they’ll send him to a contender.

23. The first head coach to be fired will be…

JB: Claude Julien. Cam Neely says he’s not on the hot seat, but I have trouble believing that.

JO: Claude Julien, though I also considered Jack Capuano and Mike Yeo.

RD: Claude Julien, but I don’t feel great about that prediction.

MH: The three amigos strike again. You all said Claude Julien when there’s a perfectly good Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis.

24. The NHL general manager on the hottest seat is…

JB: Jarmo Kekalainen. Not because I think his job is in jeopardy, but he’s committed a lot of money to that roster and it’s time for some results. Just ask Blue Jackets superfan Mike Halford.

JO: Dale Tallon. The Panthers haven’t played self-destructive GM roulette in a while …

RD: Doug Armstrong. I’ve liked the Blues for a while now, but every year they fall flat in the playoffs causes the pressure on management to increase.

MH: Jim Rutherford. Did everybody forget that Pens ownership had to give him a vote of confidence after his first year on the job? Now imagine if Kessel’s a flop.

25. True or False: the NHL will expand to Las Vegas and Quebec City this season.

JB: True. I just have trouble picturing the owners saying “Nah, we’ll pass” on divvying up $1 billion. Never know if that money’s still there in the future.

JO: True. Although the wilting Canadian dollar does make me worry a bit about Nordiques Redux.

RD: False. The short-term payoff has to be weighed against the long-term risks, and Quebec City raises concerns because of its market size and the Canadian dollar. I think the NHL is more likely to wait for a market like Seattle.

MH: True. /makes money sign with fingers

26. I’ll be a happy hockey fan if…

JB: We see a legitimate Cinderella run in the playoffs. And don’t tell me the 2012 Kings already did that. I’m talking about a bad possession team like Calgary last year or Colorado the year before, but instead of getting knocked out early, it goes all the way. Let’s see a team beat Corsi!

JO: Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel produce rookie seasons that rival the ones by Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. We can pretend they hate each other!

RD: A budget team wins the Stanley Cup. I know I just wrote that I don’t think Quebec City will end up with an expansion franchise, but I love seeing that type of market succeed.

MH: Some youngish veterans that got squeezed by the cap crunch get NHL jobs. Curtis Glencross being out of work at 32 makes me sad.

27. I’ll be a sad hockey fan if…

JB: Coaches find a way to ruin 3-on-3 overtime. Because you know they’ll try their best.

JO: The NHL doesn’t do anything to address the lack of goal-scoring.

RD: If McDavid or Eichel suffer a serious injury — and worse still, if it’s a concussion.

MH: The Canadian dollar keeps falling. I don’t know much about economics (OK I know nothing about economics), but I do know a sagging loonie makes free agency way less fun.

28. Your worst prediction from last season was…

JB: Picking the Flames to finish last. Not only did Calgary make the playoffs, the Sabres were so, so bad.

JO: Silly me for thinking the Pittsburgh Penguins would part ways with Marc-Andre Fleury.

RD: I didn’t have enough faith in Peter Laviolette and picked him to be the least successful new coach.

MH: I said Carolina’s goaltending situation would be the most interesting to follow, which was wrong because it wasn’t interesting at all.

29. The prediction you’re least confident about this season is…

JB: The expansion one, because the NHL clearly wants to be in Seattle. If somebody in that city can get their act together over the next few months, Quebec City could be out.

JO: Saying Calgary is getting too much respect. There’s decent reason to believe the Flames will be a better possession team this year. That wasn’t really the case with Colorado last season.

RD: Picking Claude Julien as the first coach to be fired. The first one to go is often out of left field.

MH: Everything pertaining to the Blue Jackets. I might be a little too high on Columbus.

30. Finally, make a crazy prediction that probably won’t happen, but on second thought, you never know…

JB: The Oilers miss the playoffs and win the draft lottery. An investigation is launched. People go to jail.

JO: Jaromir Jagr leads the Florida Panthers in scoring. His mullet finishes second.

RD: Connor McDavid wins the Art Ross Trophy. And, somehow, the Norris Trophy.

MH: The Canadian dollar makes a triumphant comeback, because it’s gritty and clutch, like a good Canadian kid.

Enjoy the season!

Avalanche-Golden Knights stream: NHL Return to Play round-robin game

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NBC’s coverage of the NHL’s Return to Play continues with Saturday’s round-robin matchup between the Avalanche and Golden Knights. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. Watch the Avalanche-Golden Knights stream on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.

Two of the hottest teams so far in these playoffs will face off for a chance to earn the top spot in the West. The winner of this matchup will earn the West’s #1 seed; the loser will be 2.

Through two games, Vegas has scored 11 goals (by eight different players) while Colorado has allowed just one goal. The Golden Knights, even without their regular season leading scorer Max Pacioretty (undisclosed), has scored 11 goals in two round robin games. Seven have come in the third period.

Marc-Andre Fleury is playing in his 14th consecutive postseason, the longest active streak among the top four major professional sports leagues. New Orleans Pelicans guard J.J. Redick has played in 13 straight postseasons; the Pelicans are currently attempting to reach the NBA Playoffs, which begin on August 17.

In Jared Bednar’s first season in charge just over three years ago, Colorado finished last in the NHL with just 48 points. Now they boast Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon, Calder Trophy finalist Cale Makar and an enviable goalie tandem in Pavel Francouz and Philipp Grubauer.

[NBC 2020 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF HUB]

WHAT: Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights
WHERE: Rogers Place – Edmonton
WHEN: Saturday, August 8, 3 p.m. ET
TV: NBC
LIVE STREAM: You can watch the Avalanche-Golden Knights stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.

Standings (tiebreaker is regular-season points percentage)

Colorado Avalanche (2-0-0, 4 points)
Vegas Golden Knights (2-0-0, 4 points)
St. Louis Blues (0-2-0, 0 points)
Dallas Stars (0-2-0, 0 points)

Western Conference round-robin schedule

Sunday, Aug. 2: Avalanche 2, Blues 1 (recap)
Monday, Aug. 3: Golden Knights 4, Stars 3 (recap)
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Avalanche 4, Stars 0
Thursday, Aug. 6: Golden Knights 6, Blues 4 (recap)
Saturday, Aug. 8: Golden Knights vs. Avalanche, 3 p.m. ET – NBC (livestream)
Sunday, Aug. 9: Stars vs. Blues, 3 p.m. ET – NBC

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2020 NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers schedule

Lightning-Flyers, Avalanche-Golden Knights play for top seeds

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Jon Cooper wants to stop the conversation now: Steven Stamkos isn’t fit to play until he says so.

The coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning ruled out Stamkos for his team’s final round-robin game Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers (8 p.m. EDT, NBC) that will determine the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia won’t have top-line right winger Jakub Voracek, so neither team is at full strength.

”Injuries are unpredictable,” Cooper said of Stamkos. ”As of right now, he’s out indefinitely until he’s not. And I’ll be the person to let you know when that is. But you should know that he’s working his tail off and he’s eager to come back.”

The Lightning beat Washington and Boston without Stamkos and will again turn to Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy as their starting goaltender. Carter Hart starts for Philadelphia, which is also 2-0-0 in round-robin play and will have rookie Joel Farabee on the first line in place of Voracek.

Coach Alain Vigneault would only say Voracek isn’t available to play against Tampa Bay.

”Jake’s got a unique skillset: a veteran guy that’s been around and has played in some big games,” Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen said. ”We’ll welcome him when he comes back and in the meantime keep chugging forward with the guys we have.”

Cooper said the Lightning have been focusing on peaking for Game 1 of their first best-of-seven series, which will be next week. Vigneault’s Flyers have been attempting to balance between winning and tuning up for when their season is on the line.

Tampa Bay-Philadelphia will decide which team faces Montreal after the Canadiens knocked off the Pittsburgh Penguins in the qualifying round.

”We know they got some top players that have a lot of skill and they got a really good power play,” Hart said of the Lightning

In the Western Conference, the Vegas Golden Knights set the goal of earning the No. 1 seed from the first day of training camp last month. That will be on the line Saturday when they face off against Colorado (3 p.m., NBC). The Golden Knights are going hard for home ice in the West even though there are no fans and all games are being played in Edmonton.

”The higher the seed, the easier path you get,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. ”When I say easy path, you get the lowest-ranked opponent, you get last (line) change, you get the benefit sometimes of a home dressing room over a visitor dressing room. There’s small benefits to it. I like the fact that our group thinks it’s important and we’ve played that way and prepared that way.”

Vegas isn’t 100% healthy yet with winger Max Pacioretty still not ready to play. DeBoer continues to say Pacioretty is close, though he’ll have to quarantine in Edmonton and produce four negative coronavirus test results before being eligible to practice or play.

The Golden Knights came back from deficits to beat Dallas and St. Louis, and look like a buzzsaw no matter who’s in goal between Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner. The Avalanche similarly have a two-headed goaltending monster in Phillip Grubauer and Pavel Francouz, and coach Jared Bednar isn’t eager to tip his hand on which one he’ll go with in the next round.

The Avalanche are also healthy. Grubauer, Francouz, captain Gabriel Landeskog, winger Mikko Rantanen and star rookie defenseman Cale Makar all missed time with injuries during the season.

With the whole crew together, Colorado is undefeated in two round-robin games and living up to the expectations set internally to get the top seed.

”We want to try and get home ice,” Bednar said. ”It’s been a goal of ours and we want it and our guys are playing like they want it. I like the focus and the intensity from our group at this point. Hopefully it takes even another step here for Vegas so we know that we’re good to go coming out of it.”

Kraken hire Everett Fitzhugh as club’s first broadcaster

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Kraken have hired Everett Fitzhugh as the club’s first broadcaster, the team announced Friday.

Fitzhugh is believed to be the first Black team broadcaster hired by an NHL franchise. He has spent the past five seasons as the director of media relations and broadcasting for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. Fitzhugh served as the play-by-play broadcaster for the club.

”As someone who’s worked in hockey for over a decade and who has a long-held passion for broadcasting hockey, to be named a part of the broadcast and content team for a brand-new NHL franchise – particularly one with an organization as strong as the Kraken – is a dream come true,” Fitzhugh said in a statement. ”Getting to the NHL has always been my goal.”

Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke said Fitzhugh came highly recommended by those the team consulted with in making the hire. Fitzhugh’s exact role will be determined at a later date.

Fitzhugh was one of three front-office hires announced by the team. Seattle also hired Jonny Greco as the senior vice president of live entertainment and game presentation, and Lamont Buford will serve as vice president of game presentation.

The Wraparound: First Round seeding up for grabs Saturday

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The Wraparound is your daily look at the 2020 NHL Return to Play. We’ll break down the NHL playoff games today with the all-important television and live streaming information included.

• The NHL Bubble Wrap has your roundup of Friday’s wild postseason action.

• Friday was Elimination Day as the Oilers, Penguins, Predators, Panthers, and Wild all exited the postseason.

NHL GAMES TODAY

Round-robin: Avalanche vs. Golden Knights, 3 p.m. ET, NBC; livestream: Two of the hottest teams so far in these playoffs will face off for a chance to earn the top spot in the West. The winner of this matchup will earn the West’s #1 seed; the loser will be #2. Through two games, Vegas has scored 11 goals (by eight different players) while Colorado has allowed just one goal. Even without their regular season leading scorer Max Pacioretty (undisclosed), the Golden Knights have scored 11 goals in two round robin games. Seven have come in the third period. The Avs have been spreading the love on offense. Through two round robin games, each of Colorado’s six goals have been scored by a different player – two from defensemen (Cale Makar and Ryan Graves) and four from players in their first season with the Avalanche.

[NBC 2020 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF HUB]

Round-robin: Flyers vs. Lightning, 8 p.m. ET, NBC; livestreamThe winner of this game will become the #1 seed in the East; the loser will be the second seed. Tampa, owner of the league’s best regular season offense (3.47 goals/game) has scored five goals in its first two games… and they’re without Steven Stamkos, who will not play against the Flyers after missing Tampa’s first two round robin games with a lower-body injury. He has been ruled out indefinitely. Carter Hart, who will turn 22 on Thursday, is expected to start after Brian Elliott got the nod in Philly’s last game vs Washington. Hart stopped 34 of 35 shots in their 4-1 win vs Boston last Sunday in his postseason debut, becoming the youngest Flyers goalie to win a playoff game.

Round-robin standings (ties broken by regular-season points percentage)

EAST
Lightning (2-0-0, 4 points)
Flyers (2-0-0, 4 points)
Capitals (0-1-1, 1 point)
Bruins (0-2-0, 0 points)

WEST
Avalanche (2-0-0, 4 points)
Golden Knights (2-0-0, 4 points)
Blues (0-2-0, 0 points)
Stars (0-2-0, 0 points)

SUNDAY‘S NHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Round-robin: Bruins vs. Capitals, 12 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Round-robin: Stars vs. Blues, 3 p.m. ET – NBC
Game 5: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN