NHL fans were hightly waited for the Pre-playoffs. No matter if your favorite team was going to participate in the qualifying round or round robin for the top 4 spots, you were certainly looking forward to seeing your star players in action.
But let's be honest, the pre-playoffs games were not the most intense, at least not as much as real playoffs... and that's normal. Now that the players have hit the ice and the goalies got their first shots in a game situation, they will be ready for playoffs. Finally, we will feel the intensity of the real playoffs this Saturday!
Blocked shots, "desparates" saves by the goalkeepers, smashing bodychecks, crazy goals celebrations, broken sticks on the posts, etc. And yes, for those who wondered if all this would come back despite the absence of fans in the arenas, the intensity of the playoffs will be back on Saturday! I agree that not all qualifying rounds will be as exciting as each other. Don't forget that teams who finished 10th, 11th and 12th in their conference will face 5th, 6th and 7th place teams. Some matchs will not be balanced, but the intensity should be there!
Who will win their qualifying round? Who is most likely to cause surprises? What are the key factors of each team? What are the teams trends? I invite you to buy our Playoffs Guide and your privileged member access to take advantage of several analyses that will be updated for each round of the playoffs, including the qualifying round. We will follow the playoffs for you and with you!
Here we are..the most intense NHL action of the year will start soon! And despite being at the beginning of August, it will be a crazy!