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GDB +4.0: Motivation to Avoid Elimination (4:45pm MT, SNW)

The 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs are unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. The qualifying round isn’t technically the playoffs, but the stats will be and the feeling of agony and elation after winning a playoff series will be the exact same. Tonight, six teams face elimination on the same day. The Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, @Pittsburgh…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Hawks: Goalie Decisions

This has been an unusual series. No goalie has won a game with a .900 sv%. Usually a sub .900Sv% is a recipe for a loss, but not for the Oilers or Hawks and goaltending has not been the main reason a team has won or lost a game in my eyes. Each team has…

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The Nation Bubble Roundup

How do the Oilers rebound; Elias Pettersson is pushing back; Flames have historically had trouble closing out a series; how the Leafs will deal without Muzzin; goals, fights and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Sumo Jerky.

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GDB +3.0: Will Matchups Change? (8:30pm MT, SNW)

The Chicago Blackhawks earned a split in the first two games, gained home ice advantage, and now they play a pivotal game three in front of their raucous fans in the famed Madhouse on Madison. Nope. Not in 2020. The only changes tonight are the teams switch benches and the Blackhawks get last change. In…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Blackhawks: Attack Mode

Dave Tippett challenged his team to play with more drive, passion and competitiveness prior to game two, and they responded. Captain Connor McDavid won the opening faceoff and then scored 19 seconds later. That set the tone for the Oilers. They weren’t going to feel their way into game two. They need to play with…