NHL playoffs, capsule previews

  • Updated: April 15, 2014 - 1:10 AM

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Colorado vs. Wild

Records: Avalanche (Central champion) 52-22-8, 112 points; Wild (top wild-card team) 43-27-12, 98 points.

Season series: Colorado won four of five.

The skinny: Under first-year coach Patrick Roy, the Avalanche went from finishing with the second-fewest points in the league last season to a division championship. Young guns Nathan MacKinnon (24 goals), Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog all had more than 60 points. Duchene’s availability is uncertain because of a knee injury. G Semyon Varlamov set a franchise record with 41 wins. … Only four of the 12 Wild forwards who skated in Game 1 vs. Chicago last year will play in this series. RW Jason Pominville (30 goals, 30 assists, 60 points) is the scoring leader. G Ilya Bryzgalov was picked up as insurance at the trade deadline, but now gets the starting nod in a pressure situation.

St. Louis vs. Chicago

Records: Blues (second in Central) 52-23-7, 111 points; Blackhawks (third in Central) 46-21-15, 107 points.

Season series: The Blues won the first three games, Blackhawks the final two.

The skinny: The teams were among the league’s best before late-season slumps landed them here. Still this is only the second opening-round series in playoff history featuring two teams with at least 107 points. The Blues have lost six in a row. Injured St. Louis forwards T.J. Oshie, David Backes and Vladimir Sobotka should return, but can G Ryan Miller shake off a recent slump? … Chicago should get back injured stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane who, along with W Patrick Sharp and D Duncan Keith, make the Hawks tick. The defending Stanley Cup champions figure to battle hard to retain that title.

Anaheim vs. Dallas

Records: Ducks (Pacific champions) 54-20-8, 116 points; Stars (second wild card) 40-31-11, 91 points.

Season series: Dallas won two of three.

The skinny: Will the Ducks learn from last season, when were the No. 2 seed before losing to No. 7 Detroit in the first round? The Ducks are led by the dynamic duo of C Ryan Getzlaf (31 goals-56 assists-87 points) and RW Corey Perry (43-39—82). The Ducks were one of the best 5-on-5 teams in the league but, perhaps surprisingly, were bottom third on the power play and a mediocre penalty kill. … The Stars are in the playoffs for the first time in six years thanks in large part to first-year GM Jim Nill’s hiring of coach Lindy Ruff and his trade for Tyler Seguin (37 goals, 84 points). Seguin lifted LW Jamie Benn’s game (34-45—79).

San Jose vs. Los Angeles

Records: Sharks (second in Pacific) 51-22-9, 111 points; Kings (third in Pacific) 46-28-8, 100 points.

Season series: The Kings won three of five.

The skinny: This is a rematch of last year’s gritty, seven-game, second-round series won by the Kings. All seven games were won by the home team, five of them by one goal, one in overtime. The Sharks are dynamic offensively, led by centers Joe Thornton (76 points) and Joe Pavelski (79) and LW Patrick Marleau (70). … The Kings, one of the lowest-scoring teams in the playoffs, boast a top-notch defense and a goalie, in Jonathan Quick, who outplayed Sharks G Antti Niemi last year. The top Kings line of Anze Kopitar centering Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams has started to impress. Gaborik was acquired in a trade-deadline move from Columbus.

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Houston 12:05 PM
St. Louis
Washington 12:05 PM
Atlanta
Miami 12:05 PM
Boston
Minnesota 12:05 PM
Tampa Bay
NY Yankees 12:05 PM
Philadelphia
Baltimore 12:07 PM
Toronto
Detroit 12:10 PM
NY Mets
Cincinnati 2:05 PM
Chicago Cubs
Los Angeles 2:05 PM
Milwaukee
San Francisco 2:05 PM
Texas
Chicago WSox 2:05 PM
San Diego
Kansas City 2:05 PM
Cleveland
Seattle 2:05 PM
Los Angeles
Colorado 2:10 PM
LA Angels
Oakland 2:10 PM
Arizona
Pittsburgh 6:05 PM
NY Yankees
Chicago 6:00 PM
Indiana
Sacramento 6:00 PM
Orlando
Utah 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
Miami 6:00 PM
Washington
Toronto 6:00 PM
Charlotte
Cleveland 6:30 PM
Atlanta
Boston 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Detroit 7:00 PM
Houston
LA Lakers 7:00 PM
Memphis
Phoenix 7:00 PM
Brooklyn
Denver 7:30 PM
San Antonio
Dallas 9:30 PM
Golden State
Columbus 6:00 PM
New Jersey
Minnesota 6:00 PM
Carolina
Buffalo 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 6:30 PM
Detroit
Edmonton 7:30 PM
Chicago
Pittsburgh 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Longwood 29 2nd Half
Char Southern 20
Ark-Pine Bluff 33 1st Half 2:21
Miss Valley St 26
Southern Ill 12:05 PM
Wichita State
Winthrop 1:00 PM
Radford
Evansville 2:35 PM
Illinois State
Towson 5:00 PM
Elon
Gardner-Webb 5:00 PM
High Point
Samford 5:00 PM
UNC Greensboro
Northern Ill 6:00 PM
Ball State
Bowling Green 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Brown 6:00 PM
Dartmouth
Toledo 6:00 PM
Eastern Mich
Akron 6:00 PM
Kent State
Ill-Chicago 6:00 PM
Oakland
Miami-Ohio 6:00 PM
Ohio
Columbia 6:00 PM
Penn
Cornell 6:00 PM
Princeton
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Western Mich
Bradley 6:05 PM
Northern Iowa
Morehead State 6:30 PM
Murray State
UNC-Asheville 7:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Yale 7:00 PM
Harvard
Furman 7:30 PM
Citadel
Coll of Charleston 7:30 PM
Drexel
Texas Tech 8:00 PM
Baylor
Pacific 8:00 PM
San Francisco
Detroit 8:30 PM
Cleveland State
Belmont 8:30 PM
Eastern Ky
Loyola-Chicago 8:35 PM
Indiana State
Loyola Marymount 10:30 PM
Santa Clara
Chicago 9:00 PM
Los Angeles
Saint Louis 57 2nd Half 4:05
(21) George Washington 66
Wake Forest 48 2nd Half 6:00
(16) Duke 62
Furman 55 2nd Half 0:42
(17) Chattanooga 66
Monmouth 16 1st Half 5:09
Quinnipiac 39
Michigan State 0 1st Half 16:27
(4) Maryland 6
Belmont 12:00 PM
UT Martin
Arkansas 12:00 PM
(3) South Carolina
Mercer 12:30 PM
East Tenn St
Richmond 1:00 PM
Fordham
Miami-Florida 1:00 PM
(2) Notre Dame
Siena 1:30 PM
Iona
Washington St 1:30 PM
(9) Arizona State
Ark-Pine Bluff 1:30 PM
Miss Valley St
(23) Rutgers 1:55 PM
(24) Northwestern
Tennessee St 2:00 PM
SIU-Edwardsville
Loyola Marymount 2:00 PM
Gonzaga
(18) Texas A&M 2:25 PM
LSU
Cincinnati 3:00 PM
UCF
Saint Josephs 3:30 PM
Dayton
UCLA 4:00 PM
(19) Stanford
Santa Clara 4:30 PM
San Diego
Virginia Tech 5:00 PM
(7) Florida State
SMU 5:00 PM
Memphis
Lehigh 5:05 PM
Holy Cross
Rhode Island 6:00 PM
Duquesne
North Florida 6:00 PM
(20) Fla Gulf Coast
Kennesaw St 6:00 PM
Jacksonville
USC Upstate 6:00 PM
Northern Ky
Lipscomb 6:00 PM
Stetson
Nebraska 6:00 PM
(14) Iowa
Saint Peters 6:00 PM
Marist
Navy 6:00 PM
Bucknell
Lafayette 6:00 PM
American Univ
Colgate 6:00 PM
Army
Georgia 6:00 PM
(5) Tennessee
Dartmouth 6:00 PM
Brown
Penn 6:00 PM
Columbia
(13) Princeton 6:00 PM
Cornell
Kansas 6:00 PM
Kansas State
Harvard 6:00 PM
Yale
(15) North Carolina 7:00 PM
(10) Louisville
San Jose St 7:00 PM
UNLV
Houston 7:00 PM
Tulane
Utah State 8:00 PM
Colorado State
Colorado 8:00 PM
(8) Oregon State
New Mexico 8:00 PM
Wyoming
Minnesota 8:25 PM
Ohio State
(12) Kentucky 8:25 PM
(11) Miss State
San Diego State 8:30 PM
Nevada
Niagara 8:30 PM
Fairfield
Texas Tech 8:30 PM
West Virginia
Boise State 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Washington 10:30 PM
California
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