2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs are widely considered the best postseason in any North American sport, and this year, there is no lack in expectation, reported sbnation.com.

 

The matchups for the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs are set and all of the action begins on Wednesday, April 15, announced playoffstatus.com.

 

The Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning,Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals, and Winnipeg Jets are all participating in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, reported cbssports.com.

 

The Anaheim Ducks will play the Winnipeg Jets the first round. The Ducks have been in the playoffs 3 postseasons in a row, and this is the first time the Winnipeg Jets made the playoffs since 2007, when they were the Atlanta Thrashers. The first game of this series is on Thursday, April 16th, announced nhl.com.

 

The Minnesota Wild will be playing the St. Louis Blues in the first round. This is the 3rd time in a row that the Minnesota Wild has appeared in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The St. Louis Blues have been in the playoffs 4 consecutive years. The first game of this series will be on Thursday, April 16th, reported nhlplayoffs.com.

 

The Detroit Red Wings will be playing the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is the 24th year in a row that the Red Wings have been in the playoffs. This is the second year in a row that the Tampa Bay Lightning have made the playoffs. The first game of this series will be on Thursday, April 16th, reported nhl.com.

 

The Calgary Flames will play the Vancouver Canucks in this years playoffs. The Calgary Flames have not made the playoffs since the 2008-09 season. Vancouver Canucks  have not made the playoffs since the 2012-13 season but lost in the Western Conference Quarterfinals to the San Jose Sharks. The first game of this series is on Wednesday, April 15th, reported nhl.com.

The Chicago Blackhawks will play the Nashville Predators in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs The Chicago Blackhawks have made the playoffs very frequently appearing in the playoffs the last five years. On the other hand, the Nashville Predators have not made the playoffs in the last two years. This series will take place April 15th through the 27th, if the series goes all seven games, according to sportingnews.com.

The Montreal Canadiens are set to play the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs. This is the third season in a row that the Montreal Canadiens have made the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Ottawa Senators have not made the playoffs since the 2007-08 season. Ottawa was 14 points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff position when it began a 23-4-4 season-ending run to qualify. This series will begin on Wednesday, April 15th, reported nhlnews.com.

 

The New York Islanders will play the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Islanders have not made the playoffs since the 2013-14 season. The Washington Capitals did not make it to the playoffs last season. This series will begin on Wednesday, April 15th, according to nhlnews.com.

 

The New York Rangers will play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs. The Rangers made it all the way to the finals last season, but lost to the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-1 series. The Penguins also made the playoffs last year, but lost in the Conference Semifinals to the New York Rangers in a 4-3 series, reported wsj.com.