Today in Sports: 4/14/17 Preview

NHL:

New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens: The New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens will face-off in the second game of this first round playoff series. After pulling off the upset on the road in game one, the Rangers will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead before returning home to New York. The Canadiens need to win this game at home. They were the better team during the regular season, and they’ll need to prove it tonight.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins: The Columbus Blue Jackets will face the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in the second game of this first round playoff series. The Penguins look to win at home again like they did in the first game of the series. The Penguins were one of the best teams all season, and will look to keep the Blue Jackets from evening the series before heading to Columbus. Although it’s not essential for the Blue Jackets to win this game, it would be extremely helpful if they could even the series before heading back home.

St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild: The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild will do battle in the second game of this first round playoff series. The Blues were able to pull off the upset on the road in the first game of this series. The Wild are the favorites to win the series, and will need to win this game to avoid going on the road down two games to none. This game isn’t crucial for the Blues, but it would make it extremely likely that they’d win the series if they can pull off another upset tonight.

San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers:  The San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers will face-off in the second game of this first round playoff series. The Sharks were able to win the first game of the series in Edmonton, and will be looking to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series before heading back home to San Jose. The Oilers cannot afford to lose this game, so they’ll need to make adjustments after losing game one.

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