Puck It @ The Playoffs: Our coverage explained and previews of night one

Prepare to say goodbye to your failed brackets, as the race for the Stanley Cup begins tonight.

We here at Puck It say that we’re a little different in what we do, but like any hockey site worth its salt, we’re going to be giving damn good coverage to the show.

Every day, we’ll bring you break downs of every game that’s happened the night before, as well as briefly previewing that day’s action.

Enough of what we’re going to do, lets do it.


Rangers @ Canadiens (1)

Faceoff: 7e/4p/Midnight BST
TV: NBCSN, TVAS, CBC, MSG, Premier Sports
Series preview: Here

The action starts with the Original Six match-up, with the Rangers in Montreal.

The Rangers have no injury concerns. They have sent both their minor goalies back to the AHL, so Antti Raanta looks ready to be Henrik Lundqvist’s backup, and other than that they have no injury concerns.

Alexei Emelin looks set to miss out on game one for the Habs, suffering a lower body injury on April 5th against San Jose and he’s not been seen since. Max Pacioretty could also be out, having taken a puck to the face during practice. Not ideal.

Reason to watch: Scoring machine Paul Byron in the playoffs against a not great defence.


Bruins @ Senators (1)

Faceoff: 7e/4p/Midnight BST
TV: NHL Network, Sportsnet, NESN, TVAS2, Premier Sports (delayed)
Series PreviewHERE

The Bruins are suffering from somewhat of an injury crisis. Brandon Carlo, Noel Acciari and team-leading defenceman Torey Krug are all definitely absent, while David Krejci and Dominic Moore missed yesterday’s practice. Defensive prospect Charlie McAvoy is expected to make his Bruins debut, potentially alongside Zdeno Chara.

The Sens, on the other hand, seem to be getting their big players back at the right time. Erik Karlsson, Zach Smith, Marc Methot and Cody Ceci are all expected to play some role in the game.

Reason to watch: Brad Marchand might do something silly.


Blue Jackets @ Penguins (1)

Faceoff: 7:30e/4:30p/00:30 BST
TV: USA Network, Sportsnet 360, TVAS3, Root Sports, Fox Sports Ohio
Series Preview: HERE

What could be the tastiest tie in the East starts in Pittsburgh tonight.

Only Ryan Murray appears to be an absentee for the Jackets, with Zach Werenski back in practice. Having all your best guys together at this time of year is vital.

The good news for the Pens is the return of Geno Malkin and Matt Murray, both of whom will be good to go for game one. Kris Letang is definitely out for the season, though. The Pens will rely heavily on Justin Schultz, and a fit-again Olli Maatta.

Reason to watch: Some exciting kids meet Kessel, Crosby and Ovechkin and might ask for their autographs.


Blues @ Wild (1)

Faceoff: 9:30e/6:30p/2:30BST
TV: NBCSN, Sportsnet 360, TVAS2, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Midwest
Series Preview: HERE

Robbie Fabbri is still out, while Paul Stastny and Robert Bortuzzo are listed as day-to-day. Three pretty important players out for the Blues.

Jared Spurgeon is day-to-day for the Wild, and they’ll go without Victor Bartley, but they’ve been doing that all year.

Reason to watch: Vladimir Sobotka’s back, and it’s annoying some people, so that might be fun? I dunno, I’m struggling with this one.


Sharks @ Oilers (1)

Faceoff: 10e/7p/3BST
TV: USA Network, TVAS, Sportsnet, NBCS CA
Series Preview: HERE

Are you ready to never hear the end of it from Oilers fans?

The Oilers have no new injury worries, and will be rolling with the same people they’ve had pretty much all year. It’s gotten them this far, so why not?

Joe Thornton and Logan Couture both practised this week, so they’ll be in the lineup tonight. Otherwise it’s probably as you were for their last regular season game against the Flames.

Reason to watch: Connor McDavid will probably do something ridiculous.

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