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Game Day Thread: The Wild West Begins

Day two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs features Chicago at St. Louis and San Jose at LA. These two match ups are the two that are expected to produce the Western Conference Finalists. In the East, we get to see New York and Philadelphia for the first time this post season.

Toews and Crawford
Toews and Crawford
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Tonights Match Ups:

Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Rangers

Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues

Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche

San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings


CBC stream here

Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues 7:00 CST

Expected Starters: Corey Crawford (CHI), Ryan Miller (STL)

CHI Scratches: None announced. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are both healthy.

STL Scratches: Patrick Berglund (shoulder), TJ Oshie (shoulder)

Quote du Jour: "I thought all the lines have comparable ingredients with the ability to score and play without the puck as well," Joel Quenneville (

Pre-game read: Craig Ramsay's series preview where he talks tactics and the St. Louis Blues.

San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings 9:30 CST

Expected Starters: Antti Niemi (SJS), Jonathan Quick (LAK)

SJS Scratches: Mike Brown, Adam Burish (finger), Bracken Kearns, Matt Tennyson, Matt Irwin

LAK Scratches: Tanner Pearson, Matt Greene

Quote du Jour: <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href=";src=hash">#LAKings</a> Robyn Regehr on <a href=";src=hash">#fancystats</a>: &quot;I think its more so in the room next door w/the coaches. I think they pour over that kind of stuff.&quot;</p>&mdash; Cörey Masisak (@cmasisak22) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Pre-game read: Kevin Woodley breaks down the goalie match up by how the goals are scored on them.


Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers 6:00 CST

Expected Starters: Ray Emery (PHI), Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)

PHI Scratches: Steve Downie, Steve Mason, Hal Gill, Jay Rosehill

NYR Scratches: Chris Kreider (hand)

Quote du Jour: "I think you need to just keep making him turn all night."-Craig Berube on Ryan McDonagh

Pre-game reading: Frank Seravalli on how the Flyers plan to attack McDonagh.

Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche 8:30 CST

Expected Starters: Ilya Bryzgalov (MIN), Semyon Varlamov (COL)

COL Scratches: John Mitchell, Jan Hejda, Cody McLeod

MIN Scratches: Kyle Brodziak, Darcy Kuemper

Quote du Jour: "There is no such thing. You can't just add paprika."-Ilya Bryzgalov on the secret ingredient to playoff success.

Pre-game reading: Jonathan Willis talks about Bryz being Bryz and if it is a distraction.

*all scratches are guesses.