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Boston vs. Detroit
Records: Bruins (Atlantic champions) 54-19-9, 117 points; Red Wings (second wild-card team) 39-28-15, 93 points.
Season series: Detroit won three of four.
The skinny: Boston represented the East in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, when it won the Cup, and 2013 and is favored to do so again, while the Red Wings are in the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive season. The Bruins’ balanced scoring is led by C David Krejci (19-50—69), C Patrice Bergeron (30-32—62) and W Jarome Iginla (30-31—62). G Tuukka Rask was second in the league in save percentage (.930). … The Red Wings upset second-seeded Anaheim last year and took Cup champion Chicago to overtime of Game 7. Along with veterans like RW Daniel Alfredsson and D Niklas Kronwall, the Red Wings have cultivated a load of young talent, led by RW Gustav Nyquist (28 goals), LW Tomas Tatar and D Danny DeKeyser.
Tampa Bay vs. Montreal
Records: Tampa Bay (second in Atlantic) 46-27-9, 101 points; Canadiens (third in Atlantic) 46-28-8, 100 points.
Season series: Tampa Bay won three of four.
The skinny: The teams were separated by a point in the standings. The young, quick Lightning is led by C Steven Stamkos, who scored 25 goals and had 40 points in only 37 games. But Tampa Bay learned to win without him this season, with rookies LW Ondrej Palat and C Tyler Johnson leading the way. Tama Bay G Ben Bishop should play, despite an upper body injury late in the season. … Montreal was lifted by the trade-deadline acquisition of Thomas Vanek. He, Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais have one of the hottest lines going. D P.K. Subban had another big offensive season (53 points). Look for G Carey Price to rebound from a disappointing postseason a year ago.
Pittsburgh vs. Columbus
Records: Penguins (Metropolitan champions) 51-24-7, 109 points; Blue Jackets (top wild card) 43-32-7, 93 points.
Season series: Pittsburgh won all five games, trailing for a total of 56 seconds.
The skinny: The Penguins had a great regular season despite being decimated by injuries. Through it all Sidney Crosby (league-leading 104 points) established himself as the league’s MVP. But the person who will determine how far the Penguins go is G Marc-Andre Fleury. He lost his job to Tomas Vokoun after four poor starts in last year’s playoffs. This year Fleury has no veteran backup behind him. … The Blue Jackets are inexperienced, with 13 players in the postseason for the first time. Columbus had seven players with at least 16 goals. The keys are centers Ryan Johansen, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov. G Sergei Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, is healthy again.
New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia
Records: Rangers (second in Metropolitan) 45-31-6, 96 points; Flyers (third in Metropolitan) 42-30-10, 94 points.
Season series: Teams split four games.
The skinny: Given the bitterness of this division rivalry and the outcome of the season series, the Flyers will have to do something they haven’t done in New York since Feb. 20, 2011 — win. The Rangers got stronger all year under new coach Alain Vigneault and the Flyers have at least one 20-goal scorer on all four lines. Both teams have a formidable top defensive pairing — Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi for New York and Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn in Philly — and both are strong in net. The Rangers are led by LW Rick Nash (26 goals), C Brad Richards (20) and Mats Zuccarello (19). The Flyers’ top line of C Claude Giroux (28-58—86), RW Jakub Voracek (23-39—62) and LW Scott Hartnell (20-32—52) will be hard to stop.
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Broxton||1||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson||2|
|Minnesota - LP: T. May||1||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez||9|
|NY Yankees - WP: C. Capuano||6||FINAL|
|Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle||3|
|Philadelphia - LP: J. Diekman||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom||4|
|Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo||8||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: C. Archer||4|
|Miami - LP: C. Hatcher||2||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter||5|
|Cleveland||4||Top 8th Inning|
|Detroit||7||Top 9th Inning|
|Texas||13||Bottom 9th Inning|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: N. Ramirez||7||FINAL|
|St. Louis - LP: P. Neshek||2|
|Colorado||0||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Oakland||0||Top 5th Inning|
|Los Angeles||1||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Washington||4||Top 4th Inning|
|Milwaukee||1||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Green Bay||9/4/14 7:30 PM|
|(21) Texas A&M||52||FINAL|
|(9) So Carolina||28|
|(18) Ole Miss||35|
|(19) Arizona State||45|
|(6) Jacksonville St||7||FINAL|
|(8) Michigan State||45|
|TX-San Antonio||21||3rd Qtr 8:07|
|Colorado State||14||3rd Qtr 4:20|
|UNLV||0||1st Qtr 0:13|
|Penn State||8/30/14 7:30 AM|
|Troy||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|(7) UCLA||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Western Mich||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|(5) Ohio State||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Appalachian St||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Ga Southern||8/30/14 11:30 AM|
|Boston College||8/30/14 2:00 PM|
|West Virginia||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Rice||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|(17) Notre Dame|
|(10) South Dakota St||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Fla Atlantic||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|California||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Marshall||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|UC Davis||8/30/14 3:00 PM|
|Arkansas||8/30/14 3:00 PM|
|(16) Clemson||8/30/14 4:30 PM|
|Liberty||8/30/14 5:00 PM|
|(23) North Carolina|
|Ohio U||8/30/14 5:00 PM|
|Louisiana Tech||8/30/14 6:00 PM|
|Idaho||8/30/14 6:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin||8/30/14 6:10 PM|
|(20) Kansas State|
|Fresno State||8/30/14 6:30 PM|
|Southern Miss||8/30/14 6:30 PM|
|Texas-El Paso||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|North Texas||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|(14) Wisconsin||8/30/14 8:00 PM|
|South Dakota||8/30/14 9:30 PM|
|(25) Washington||8/30/14 9:30 PM|
|Utah State||8/31/14 6:00 PM|
|SMU||8/31/14 6:30 PM|
|Miami-Florida||9/1/14 7:00 PM|
|Arizona||9/4/14 7:00 PM|
|Pittsburgh||9/5/14 6:00 PM|
|Washington St||9/5/14 9:30 PM|
|Houston||3||2nd Half 23:00|
|Sporting Kansas City||1|
|Winnipeg||8/31/14 3:00 PM|
|Toronto||9/1/14 12:00 PM|
|Edmonton||9/1/14 3:30 PM|
|Brt Columbia||9/5/14 6:30 PM|
|Calgary||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|Hamilton||9/7/14 12:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||9/7/14 3:00 PM|
|Minnesota||39||3rd Qtr 4:00|