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2018 Stanley Cup playoffs: April 20 open thread

Here’s your place to discuss all the action.

Minnesota Wild v Winnipeg Jets - Game Two

There are three games on the schedule for Friday, all of which are elimination games.

The two-time reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, this year’s President Trophy winner Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets can all advance to the second round with a win. The Jets and Predators would meet in the second round, while the Penguins would await the winner of the Columbus Blue Jackets-Washington Capitals series, which is tied 2-2.

In the East, the Penguins are coming off a resounding 5-0 road victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4. Pittsburgh has scored at least five goals in all three of its wins in the series.

Out West, the Jets have high hopes they can win their first playoff series in franchise history. Winnipeg is also coming off a shutout win in Game 4, and looks for a white out Bell MTS Place to be rockin’ Friday night.

The Predators return to Nashville after holding off the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4 for a 3-2 victory. Nashville will be without former Chicago Blackhawks forward Ryan Hartman after he was suspended for the game for his check to the head of Avs’ Carl Soderberg. But Colorado will be missing a key piece to its lineup as well as goaltender Jonathan Bernier won’t play and instead third-string goaltender Andrew Hammond will start in net.

Here’s the schedule for Friday’s three games:

Stanley Cup playoffs schedule

Matchup Series Time TV
Matchup Series Time TV
Game 5: Washington at Vegas WSH 3-1 7 p.m. NBC