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Welcome to the final "Number One Says" of the NHL's regular season.
Number One says:
Baseball is back, but apparently not in San Diego. The Padres got off to the worst start possible; shutout in all three games against the Dodgers. During the series, the Dodgers outscored the Padres 25-0, and even the Dodgers pitchers crossed the plate TWICE. The 27 shutout innings by Dodgers pitching to start the season is a new MLB record.
Starlin Castro is off to a good start to his Yankees career, with a HR and seven RBIs already! The Yankees split the first two games of the season, with the win coming last night, 16-6. After this series, the Yankees head on the road to Detroit for the weekend, followed by our first crack at the Blue Jays in Toronto.
We are six days away from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and sadly, the Avalanche will not be in the big dance. The Avalanche were defeated by the Predators, 4-3, in regulation on Tuesday, eliminating us from the playoffs. Despite losing 3-0 at home to San Jose, the Minnesota Wild nabbed the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and they and the Predators are locked in as the Wild Cards. The West playoff matchups are nearly all set, as Nashville will most likely cross over to the Pacific and face either the Kings or Ducks, while Minnesota will face whoever wins the Central.
In the East, there are still two playoff spots remaining, with the Red Wings, Flyers, and Bruins competing for those spots. The Wings and Bruins face each other tonight, and a win for Detroit would put them into the playoffs. The East has never had a crossover since this format began, but it looks more likely that the East will have one or both WCs crossover. If the Flyers get the second Wild Card spot, the Islanders or Rangers will cross over to the Atlantic. If the Wings and Bruins BOTH get in, we could see both WCs switch divisions.
The NBA Playoffs are also filling up, but for the Bulls, time is running out. Only two spots remain in the East, but if the Bulls lose tonight in Miami, the Pistons will get one of those spots. Three spots remain in the West, and the idle Grizzlies could get one of them tonight. The main event tonight is Warriors vs Spurs, with GS having the opportunity to lock in the NBA's best record with a win.
The #1 Burning Question of the Week: Who will get the last two playoff spots in the NHL East?