By: 4th Line Podcast
The NHL playoffs are here, and as 16 teams are chasing after Lord Stanley’s Cup Nuts and Bolts Sports and The 4th Line Podcast have partnered to bring you #SelfieWithStanley. Selfie With Stanley takes what you’re already doing and makes it easy to win! Each round of the playoffs, post your selfies of you watching the game with the hashtag #SelfieWithStanley, either at the arena, at the pub or at home.
For each round there will be a winner who will receive a prize pack based on a special criteria, one chosen by Nuts and Bolts Sports and one chosen by The 4th Line Podcast. For round 1, the criteria for Nuts and Bolts Sports will pictures with your family, while the criteria for The 4th Line Podcast will be the best food in the pictures. Include something that shows you’re watching the game (your jersey, game on TV or in person) and you’re entered. Make sure as the playoffs get under way Wednesday night to send in your #SelfieWithStanley! And now, a brief preview of each series.
(All times for series are Eastern)
Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers
4/14, 7PM; 4/16, 7PM; 4/18, 7PM; 4/20, 7PM, 4/22, TBD; 4/24, TBD; 4/27, TBD
The President’s Trophy winning Washington Capitals face the Philadelphia Flyers as the Capitals try to overcome the reputation as playoff underperformers. With Holtby, the Vezina favorite, and Ovechkin leading the league in goals, Giroux, Gostisbehere, Mason and company will need to play the best hockey of their season to move onto the 2nd round.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers
4/13, 8PM; 4/16, 3PM; 4/19, 7PM, 4/21, TBD; 4/23, TBD; 4/25, TBD; 4/27, TBD
A rematch of last year’s 1st round series, the Penguins are a new team under coach Mike Sullivan. With the health of both Pittsburgh goalies in question and Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist being a notable playoff performer, this promises to be a close series.
Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders
4/14, 8PM; 4/15, 7:30PM; 4/17, 8PM; 4/20, 8PM; 4/22, TBD; 4/24, TBD; 4/26, TBD
Many saw the Panthers as a team that would be improved coming into this season, but very few thought that they could win the division. Having surpassed the expectations of so many, they now aim to defeat the Islanders, who are struggling to overcome a significant amount of injuries including, but not limited to, goaltender Jaroslav Halak, forwards Anders Lee, Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck and defenseman Travis Hamonic.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings
4/13, 7PM; 4/15, 7PM; 4/17, 7PM; 4/19, 7PM; 4/21, TBD; 4/24, TBD; 4/26, TBD
With captain Steven Stamkos out with blood clots, the Tampa Bay Lightning will fight an uphill battle to return to the Stanley Cup Final. The Red Wings will look to ride Jimmy Howard, as he has returned to his status as the number 1 goalie in Detroit, past the Lightning as they try to overcome the loss of Stamkos and others.
Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild
4/14, 9:30PM; 4/16, 8PM; 4/18, 8:30PM, 4/20, 9:30PM; 4/22, TBD; 4/24, TBD; 4/26, TBD
The Dallas Stars led the NHL with 3.23 goals per game this season (0.21 over 2nd place Washington) and will face a Minnesota Wild team that were 9th in goals against with 2.49 goals against per game. Something will have to give in this first round matchup. The apparent loss of Minnesota forward Zach Parise to a recently aggravated herniated disc could be the tipping point that gives the Stars the extra edge they need to defeat the Wild.
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks
4/13, 9:30PM; 4/15, 8PM; 4/17, 3PM; 4/19, 9:30PM; 4/21, TBD; 4/23, TBD; 4/25, TBD
The Blues ride a streak of 3 consecutive first round exits from the playoffs, including a 2014 exit at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks, into this year’s edition. With captain David Backes and goaltender Jake Allen looking to be back in the lineup for the Blues, they will try to get the upper hand on a Blackhawks team without defenseman Duncan Keith in game 1 (suspended). The defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks will not roll over easily as they plan to defend their title with the usual cast of characters (Toews, Kane, Hossa, Keith, Seabrook) and some new additions (Panarin, Anisimov, Teravainen).
Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators
4/15, 10:30PM; 4/17, 10:30PM; 4/19, 9:30PM; 4/21, 8PN; 4/23, TBD; 4/25, TBD; 4/27, TBD
Overcoming a slow start, the Anaheim Ducks managed to ride goaltenders Frederik Anderson and John Gibson to the fewest goals against in the NHL this season. They’ll face a Nashville Predators team that hope that mid season addition Ryan Johansen can be the number 1 center the team has been looking for many years. The Predators, who were middle of the road in almost every statistical category this season, will need to dig deep to best the Ducks in this matchup.
Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks
4/14, 10:30PM; 4/16, 10:30PM; 4/18, 10:30PM; 4/20, 10:30PM; 4/22, TBD; 4/24, TBD; 4/26, TBD
This Pacific division series is a rematch of the 2014 first round matchup in which the Sharks blew a 3-0 series lead to eventually lose to the Kings on the way to the Kings winning the Stanley Cup over the New York Rangers. The Kings hope that as they face former King Martin Jones in net that they’ll be able to repeat their winning ways (perhaps with a little less difficulty and drama) as these California teams continue their rivalry.