Senators win finale, grab seventh seed

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Sacco was in his fourth season in charge of Colorado and wound up with a 130-134-30 mark. He had one year left on his contract. Sacco will lead a group of U.S. players at the world championships later this week. The roster includes some familiar faces, too, with Avalanche players Paul Stastny, Matt Hunwick and Erik Johnson making the trip with him to Europe.   FLYERS: Coach Peter Laviolette will get another chance to win a Stanley Cup with the Flyers. General manger Paul Homgren says Laviolette will return for a fifth season. Laviolette’s performance was under scrutiny for most of the lockout-shortened season. The Flyers defense was decimated by injuries and overall inconsistent play doomed the team. The Flyers went 23-22-3 and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Laviolette just finished his fourth season as coach and led the Flyers to the 2010 Eastern Conference championship. DALLAS: The Dallas Stars have chosen Jim Nill to replace fired general manager Joe Nieuwendyk, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. source: http://www.pjstar.com/free/x1506801996/Senators-win-finale-grab-seventh-seed

Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators Game Preview

After tonight, it’s playoff time, but this last game will actually play a vital role in seeding a lot of the Eastern Conference playoff matchups. I’m no fan of the “if so-and-so wins and so-and-so loses in overtime, then this team will be in that place” fuzzy math that’s done in droves at the end of the season, so there’s none of that here. This is just a focus on the last game of the Boston Bruins ‘ regular season. They’re up against the Ottawa Senators , a team they’ve seen success against this year. Namely, they’ve won all four previous meetings, though every single win came by just a single goal. Oh, by the way, all of those games were played without Erik Karlsson in the lineup for the Sens, but he’s healed from his freakish Achilles tendon injury and is back. Tuukka Rask might be happy that there are no games that don’t matter, as he said, but wouldn’t it have been nice if the Bruins could have clinched the Northeast Division ages ago and then coasted a little bit into the end of the season? You know, give the big guys a chance to rest before the playoffs? They were able to do this last season–there was one late-season meeting with Ottawa where guys like Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara took the night off, and the Chicago Blackhawks basically utilized their AHL team last night so their stars could sit–but due to some of the mistakes that have been plaguing this team for pretty much the whole season and led them to a record that’s not super impressive, they’re not afforded this luxury. They’re also coming off having to travel back home following their upsetting 3-2 overtime defeat last night. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/04/28/boston-bruins-vs-ottawa-senators-game-preview-2/

Preview and Prediction for Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators Playoff Series

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Marc Bergevin took over as general manager and new head coach Michel Therrien brought discipline and accountability to the team. The Canadiens played solid defense and combined that with timely scoring throughout the majority of the season. They slipped in the final weeks but did enough to win the division. The Senators were tormented by serious injuries throughout the season, but they never lost faith or intensity under head coach Paul MacLean. The most serious injury was a partially torn Achilles tendon suffered by Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson, but he made an amazing recovery and returned to action in the final week of the regular season. These two teams could push each other to the limit, and a seven-game series would not be a surprise. Regular-Season Recap The Canadiens and Senators split four games this season, with both teams winning one game in regulation and one game in a shootout. The NHL ‘s unique record-keeping gives each team a 2-1-1 record in the season series. Both teams won their games on home ice. Three of the games in the series were played prior to the end of February, and the two teams have not squared off since a March 13 Montreal 4-3 shootout victory. The Senators scored the only decisive victory in the series when they rolled to a 5-1 triumph Jan. 30. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1622155-preview-and-prediction-for-montreal-canadiens-vs-ottawa-senators-playoff-series

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs First-Round Schedule

All series are best-of- seven. All times New York. Eastern Conference ================== #1 Pittsburgh Penguins vs #8 New York Islanders ———————————————– Wed., May 1 — NY Islanders at Pittsburgh, 7:30 pm Fri., May 3 — NY Islanders at Pittsburgh, 7 pm Sun., May 5 — Pittsburgh at NY Islanders, noon Tue., May 7 — Pittsburgh at NY Islanders, 7 pm *Thu., May 9 — NY Islanders at Pittsburgh, 7 pm *Sat., May 11 — Pittsburgh at NY Islanders, TBD *Sun., May 12 — NY Islanders at Pittsburgh, TBD #2 Montreal Canadiens vs #7 Ottawa Senators ——————————————- Thu., May 2 — Ottawa at Montreal, 7 pm Fri., May 3 — Ottawa at Montreal, 7 pm Sun., May 5 — Montreal at Ottawa, 7 pm Tue., May 7 — Montreal at Ottawa, 7 pm *Thu., May 9 — Ottawa at Montreal, 7 pm *Sat., May 11 — Montreal at Ottawa, TBD *Sun., May 12 — Ottawa at Montreal, TBD #3 Washington Capitals vs #6 New York Rangers ——————————————— Thu., May 2 — NY Rangers at Washington, 7:30 pm Sat., May 4 — NY Rangers at Washington, 12:30 pm Mon., May 6 — Washington at NY Rangers, 7:30 pm Wed., May 8 — Washington at NY Rangers, 7:30 pm *Fri., May 10 — NY Rangers at Washington, 7:30 pm *Sun., May 12 — Washington at NY Rangers, TBD *Mon., May 13 — NY Rangers at Washington, TBD #4 Boston Bruins vs #5 Toronto Maple Leafs —————————————— Wed., May 1 — Toronto at Boston, 7 pm Sat., May 4 — Toronto at Boston, 7 pm Mon., May 6 — Boston at Toronto, 7 pm Wed., May 8 — Boston at Toronto, 7 pm *Fri., May 10 — Toronto at Boston, 7 pm *Sun., May 12 — Boston at Toronto, TBD *Mon., May 13 — Toronto at Boston, TBD Western Conference ================== #1 Chicago Blackhawks vs #8 Minnesota Wild —————————————— Tue., April 30 — Minnesota at Chicago, 8 pm Fri., May 3 — Minnesota at Chicago, 9:30 pm Sun., May 5 — Chicago at Minnesota, 5 pm Tue., May 7 — Chicago at Minnesota, 9:30 pm *Thu., May 9 — Minnesota at Chicago, TBD *Sat., May 11 — Chicago at Minnesota, TBD *Sun., May 12 — Minnesota at Chicago, TBD #2 Anaheim Ducks vs #7 Detroit Red Wings —————————————- Tue., April 30 — Detroit at Anaheim, 10:30 pm Thu., May 2 — Detroit at Anaheim, 10 pm Sat., May 4 — Anaheim at Detroit, 7:30 pm Mon., May 6 — Anaheim at Detroit, 8 pm *Wed., May 8 — Detroit at Anaheim, 10 pm *Fri., May 10 — Anaheim at Detroit, TBD *Sun., May 12 — Detroit at Anaheim, TBD #3 Vancouver Canucks vs #6 San Jose Sharks —————————————— Wed., May 1 — San Jose at Vancouver, 10:30 pm Fri., May 3 — San Jose at Vancouver, 10:30 pm Sun., May 5 — Vancouver at San Jose, 10 pm Tue., May 7 — Vancouver at San Jose, 10 pm *Thu., May 9 — San Jose at Vancouver, 10 pm *Sat., May 11 — Vancouver at San Jose, TBD *Mon., May 13 — San Jose at Vancouver, TBD #4 St. Louis Blues vs #5 Los Angeles Kings —————————————— Tue., April 30 — Los Angeles at St. Louis, 8 pm Thu., May 2 — Los Angeles at St. Louis, 9:30 pm Sat., May 4 — St. Louis at Los Angeles, 10 pm Mon., May 6 — St. Louis at Los Angeles, 10 pm *Wed., May 8 — Los Angeles at St. Louis, TBD *Fri., May 10 — St. Louis at Los Angeles, TBD *Mon., May 13 — Los Angeles at St. Louis, TBD * – if necessary TBD – To Be Determined To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net More News: source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-29/nhl-stanley-cup-playoffs-first-round-schedule.html

Canadiens vs. Senators series preview

With Karlsson in the lineup, the rest of the defense can step back into roles for which they are better accustomed. Sergei Gonchar, who scored the playoff-clinching overtime goal in Washington, is a much better fit as a second offensive option. Veterans Chris Phillips and Matt Methot are solid in their zone, rookie Patrick Wiercioch has provided an offensive spark, and veteran Mike Lundin adds depth. The Senators also got a boost from the return of Jared Cowen, the ninth player taken in the 2009 NHL Draft, who missed most of the season after undergoing hip surgery in November. Cowen is the opposite of Karlsson — he’s not going to put up many points, but he’s a solid presence in his own zone. Cowen has stepped into the lineup and given the Senators a solid 20 minutes a game. Goalies Carey Price is the man in Montreal, but a late-season swoon that coincided with Montreal’s problems on defense turned 2012-13 into one of the worst statistical seasons of his career. His .905 save percentage is actually .9047, which makes it lower than the .9054 save percentage he posted in 2008-09, his previous career low. But Price’s save percentage was at .916 in 32 games on April 8, plummeting 11 points in his final seven appearances when he allowed 27 goals on 188 shots, a save percentage of .856. The question is, which Price will be there in the playoffs? Many people point to Price’s 8-15 playoff record as a major fault, except his last appearance was in 2011 when he had a .934 save percentage while pushing the eventual Stanley Cup-champion Boston Bruins to overtime of a seventh game in the first round. source: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=668204

 

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