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Hockey Wilderness Playoff Open Thread: Round One, Day Three

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All but one series has at least one game in the books, and that situation is remedied tonight as the Cats and Devs kick off their series. Remember, before picking a team in this one, if the Devils make the Eastern Conference finals, the Wild get a third round pick from the Devils this year. Of course, if they make the ECF, Mr. Parise may not wish to leave.

Choose your path wisely.

The rest of the games tonight are all game 2's, including the follow up to a fun game in Pittsburgh, and a chance for the Kings to steal a second game in Vancouver. Oh, and those Predators everyone around here seems to be in love with play tonight, too.

Enjoy the games, all.

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#3 Flordia Panthers (38-26-18) vs #6 New Jersey Devils (48-28-6)
Series: 0-0

BankAtlantic Center @ 6:00 PM CDT
Television: NBCSN

For the Florida perspective, check out Litter Box Cats
For the New Jersey prespective, check out In Lou We Trust

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#4 Pittsburgh Penguins (51-25-6) vs #5 Philadelphia Flyers (47-26-9)
Series: 1-0

Consol Energy Center @ 6:30 PM CDT
Television: NBCSN

For the Pittsburgh perspective, check out Pensburgh
For the Philadelphia prespective, check out Broad Street Hockey

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#4 Nashville Predators (48-26-8) vs #5 Detroit Red Wings (48-28-6)
Series: 1-0

Sommet Center @ 6:30 PM CDT
Television: CNBC

For the Nashville perspective, check out On the Forecheck
For the Detroit prespective, check out Winging It in Motown

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#1 Vancouver Canucks (51-22-9) vs #8 Los Angeles Kings (40-27-15)
Series: 0-1

General Motors Place @ 9:00 PM CDT
Television: NBCSN

For the Vancouver perspective, check out Nucks Misconduct
For the LA perspective, check out Battle of California & Jewels from the Crown

For those not on the Twitters, after the last game, the Kings official Twitter account tweeted, "To everyone in Canada outside of BC, you're welcome."

This of course, resulted in a great deal of feigned outrage from some in Vancouver, but surprisingly, from far too many outside of Vancouver.There was certainly a bit a petty whining about it, people claiming the Kings feed should be impartial, etc. Personally, I love when someone gets a good dig on the Wild, mostly because it means they have to acknowledge the Wild actually exist.

For Canucks fans, I simply offer the suggestion that you really should just do some research and fire back with the same tactics. I mean, you could have found this gem and simply posted it. Enough said.


For those asking, we'll throw in a Aeros update as well. According to their website, the Aeros are tied with four teams at 82 points with three games remaining. From

---The Aeros are battling for a spot in the AHL Calder Cup playoffs. Entering Friday, Houston is tied with four other teams (Milwaukee, Lake Erie, Peoria and Rochester) with 82 points while Charlotte is on the cusp with 81 points.
---The Aeros need five points to qualify for the playoffs. They will likely need to win two of three games, if not all three, this weekend. The first tiebreaker is regulation/overtime wins if teams are deadlocked in points, and Houston would currently lose that tiebreaker to all the teams they are tied with except for Rochester (28 each, RCH owns tiebreaker due to goal differential, 9-7).

So, consider this an Aeros gamethread as well.

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Houston Aeros (33-24-5-11) vs Oklahoma City Oil Barons (43-21-4-5)

Cox Convention Center @ 7:00 PM CDT
Television: None

For the Houston perspective, check out The Third Intermission
For the OKC perspective, check out... um... well... about that...