a good chance to see a former CH player win the Stanley Cup

It’s May 2nd and tonight the Stanley Cup playoffs start. The counters are reset to zero and the first club to achieve 16 wins gets to drink champagne in the Stanley Cup.

16 wins is two more than CH under Martin St-Louis and eight more than under Dominique Ducharme. Think about it.

All that to say we’ll have good hockey to eat. Starting tonight, there are games in Carolina, Toronto, Minnesota and Edmonton. And tomorrow there are games in New York, Sunrise, Colorado and Calgary.

Note that only three Canadian teams are in playoffs, but they have home field advantage in their first round game.

That said, if the past has taught us anything, it’s to never count on the Leafs in the playoffs. The club has not won a series since 2004 and has rejected good leads in the past. He may have a big club and a 60-goal goalscorer in his ranks, but still.

And we know it will brew against the Stanley Cup champions…

In Toronto, there is a risk of a defender blundering or a goalkeeper not delivering the goods. We will also have to see if the big forwards will rise in the playoffs.

That’s why Toronto is not one of my clubs chosen to advance to the second round.

  • Avalanche in 4.
  • Wild in 6.
  • Flames in 6.
  • Kings in 7.
  • Panthers in 6.
  • Lightning into 5.
  • Hurricanes in 6.
  • Penguins in 6.

Last year, Toronto was eliminated in seven games in the first round by the Canadiens. Of course it won’t be a problem this season as the Canadian finished 32nd in the standings, but a former CH was still invited to the party against the Leafs.

Corey Perry (Lightning) is one of the many players from the 2021 edition of the Flanellen who has a place in the play-offs.

And besides Perry, multiple players from the 2021 edition of CH will play for playoff clubs and will aim to win three more games than in the 2021 final against Tampa Bay.

Phillip “MVP” Danault (Kings) will notably meet Brett Kulak (Oilers), but also his “friend” Connor McDavid, who will have to push the buttons at the idea of ​​being confronted with a revised and corrected version of Danault.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi (Hurricanes), regardless of his role, has a good chance of getting a cup ring as well. Carolina will take on the Bruins from the start.

Tyler Toffoli (Flames), who started out as a lion when he arrived in Calgary, will try to get his bearings. I think his experience could help him in the series against Dallas.

Artturi Lehkonen (Avalanche) takes on a defensive role that should help Colorado defeat Nashville.

Ben Chiarot (Panthers), with his experience in the playoffs, will help the Panthers go a long way in the playoffs. The Capitals are no celery, but Florida seems on a mission this year.

Even good old Jon Merrill (Wild) will be in the series as an insurance piece. His club will compete against the Blues.

This means that of the players who played for CH in the playoffs last year and changed organization, eight are in the playoffs. Tomas Tatar (Devils) and Erik Gustafsson (Blackhawks) are not there.

The number of players located elsewhere explains the club’s failures… even if some of them were recently swapped, precisely because of the Canadian’s poor 2021-2022 season.

The chance to see one of them win the cup is there. Will this happen?

A lot

– The cup is ready.

– Notice to stakeholders.

– Cole Caufield on the second line of CHN rookies.

– A beautiful moment.

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