NHL Playoff Observations — Staying Alive, Staying Alive

Just a few things that caught my eye:

  • The Blue Jackets channelled their best 70s disco impression. They stayed alive. Barely.
  • Cryptochidism. Look it up. Chris Tierney’s mug shot is there as part of the definition. Leon Draisaitl needs to be suspended.

  • Zach Werenski out, Markus Nutivaara in. Advantage Columbus? Still, I feel for the teenager. His pretty-boy face is crushed.
  • Rick Nash carries the Rangers. Again. There’s something wrong with that sentence. Maybe I will get more than pennies on the dollar in my keeper league. GO NASH!
  • Four overtimes Monday night. It’s kind of nice to get a blowout tonight.
  • Joe Thornton returns. The Sharks surge. But is this season the last hurrah? They are the Sharks, after all.
  • Four of the NHL’s top-six playoff scorers are flightless birds. Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel, Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby. Yes, Guentzel.
  • Nazem Kadri + Leo Komarov >> Nicklas Backstrom + Alexander Ovechkin. Discuss.