How exciting will each second-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018 be?
The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018 is finally beginning to get going. After several series were decided early, only one went all seven games. Several first-round series didn’t even go past five games.
But in the second round of the playoffs, the matchups are more exciting. Two teams who swept the first round are meeting up. Potentially the two best teams in the league are in the other series in the same conference. There’s another rematch of the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins are duking it out for the Atlantic.
The second round could save the playoffs. Here’s where each matchup ranks in watchability.
4. Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks
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For the first time in modern NHL history, an expansion team is in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Vegas Golden Knights swept through the well-established Los Angeles Kings in a series the Knights were somehow the underdogs in.
The San Jose Sharks also swept through a team from Southern California, taking a quick four games from the Anaheim Ducks, who were simply outplayed.
Both teams did so on the backs of their goaltenders. Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has the best stats of any goaltender in the playoffs so far, with a 0.65 goals against average and .977 save percentage.
Meanwhile, Sharks goaltender Martin Jones has the second best, with a 1.00 GAA and a .970 save percentage. Despite both teams’ depth at both forward and defense, this is likely going to be a goaltender battle. A great one at that.
But that doesn’t exactly make for the most exciting series.