It’s finally here! The Stanley Cup Playoffs are on the horizon and Reid is with me to break down all eight of the matchups. We go in order of series that we think are most lopsided to the closest series. Where do teams have the edge against each other? How are the coaches going to deploy their personnel? After looking at all of the angles, Reid and I both make our official picks, including in how many games, for each series. All of that and more in the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast!

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Hey everyone!  I hope you ended up winning your fantasy championship this year.  With the season over, my posts will be more sparingly.  The plan is to do a podcast with Reid that will go up Wednesday with our predictions for the first round.  I also will have a Way Too Early Top 50 that comes out in the next week or two.  Additionally, just because I don’t post as frequently doesn’t mean you can’t ask any questions that you have with players for the future, or just thoughts on these playoffs.  I get notified when anyone comments on my posts, so I will try to answer them as quickly as I do during the season.  Anyways, the point of this post was to set up the Razzball Bracket Challenge.  Last year, Quick Sycamore won the title, besting me as Pittsburgh (his Cup Winner) beat Nashville (my predicted winner).  You and anyone else can join at the link below:

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Reid and I are back to hit on a wide array of topics around the NHL.  Among the notables are the playoff battles, the most disappointing teams, top prospects who have recently made their NHL debut, and injuries around the league.  We wrap things up with The Three Point Challenge for tonight’s games.  Make your pick in the comments section below.  All of that and more on the latest edition of The Razzball Hockey Podcast!

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Today brings a nice 10 game slate with a lot of lopsided matchups and two marquee games.  Let’s get right into what we learned from the last two nights around the league and what to look forward to tonight:

THREE THINGS WE LEARNED ON 3/27 AND 3/28

1) Connor McDavid is the best player in hockey.  Okay, this isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but it’s worth bringing up that McDavid now has back to back 100+ point seasons at 21 years old, along with his first 40 goal season.  It’s sickening how good he is.  Almost as sickening as his GM:

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Hey guys!  I hope everyone is still alive in their fantasy hockey seasons.  In lieu of daily notes, I’m going to preview Monday’s games since at this point in the season, I’m not sure daily notes will serve much purpose.  Depending on feedback (please give some!), I will continue to do this over the last two weeks of the season or I will return to daily notes.  I am going to focus solely on the games, so if you want to plan ahead past today, use my playoff schedule breakdown here to help yourself out.  You can always ask me any questions you have as well.  Let’s get to it!

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He won’t win the Hart, but Anze Kopitar’s season should not go unnoticed.  He had his best game of the season scoring four goals on seven shots in the 7-1 win over the Avalanche.  That brings Kopitar to 33 goals and 53 assists in 75 games.  That’s a new career high in assists and points, and goals may not be too far behind.  Not so bad for a guy people were worried about after last season’s 52 points.  He’ll never be in the top tier of fantasy players because of the lack of PIM and average shot rate, but Kopitar has reestablished himself as a fringe top 25 guy.  Here’s to hoping he keeps it rolling over the last two weeks.  Let’s take a look at what else happened on Thursday night:

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Reid and I are back taking a big look around the NHL.  After we start off by discussing fantasy hockey playoff strategy, we hit on the latest injuries around the league.  From there, we hit on a wide range of subjects.  Among the notables are the Vezina race being a two horse race now, how remarkable Nathan MacKinnon’s season has been, the playoff battles, and the race to the bottom.  We wrap things up by making picks for The Three Point Challenge.  Be sure to make your picks in the comments section below.  All of that and more on the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast!

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Now is the time of the year where we see college players decide to forgo their collegiate career and sign an entry level contract.  There have been a bunch of players in recent years who have made an immediate impact, such as Chris Kreider and Brock Boeser.  We could have another name to add to the list.  Ryan Donato signed an ELC with Boston and had quite the NHL debut, scoring a goal and two assists with six shots playing almost 20 minutes..  With all of the graduates the Bruins have had over the last year, Donato is currently their #1 prospect (at least in my eyes).  He was a great goal scorer at Harvard and did very well in the Olympics scoring five goals in five games.  His shot is his best attribute but he’s also a strong skater.  I don’t see superstar upside, but Donato can definitely become a top 6’er.  He’s a streamer for now depending on who he’s with and how many minutes he’s getting, but he’s certainly a solid dynasty target.  Donato played on the first power play unit and the second line on Monday, so here’s to hoping that’s what we get for the rest of the season, at least until Patrice Bergeron returns.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:

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