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2018 Stanley Cup playoffs: April 21 open thread

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Columbus Blue Jackets v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

There are three Stanley Cup playoff games on the schedule for Saturday, including two elimination games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins can both advance to the second round with a win on home ice in their respective series. Both teams won their Game 4s with a 3-1 road victory.

The New Jersey Devils, who are in the postseason for the first time since 2012, will need to shut down the Lightning’s dynamic offense led by forward Nikita Kucherov, who has nine points (four goals, five assists) in the playoffs, to avoid elimination.

Likewise, the key for the Toronto Maple Leafs to stay alive in the postseason will be to find a way to limit chances for Boston forward David Pastrnak, who leads all skaters in the playoffs with 11 points (four goals, seven assists).

The Washington Capitals are trying to become the first team to a home game in their series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus won Games 1 and 2 in overtime in Washington, but the Capitals evened the series with victories in Columbus.

Former Chicago Blackhawk Artemi Panarin was held scoreless in Game 4, and leads Columbus with seven points (two goals, five assists) in the playoffs.

Here’s the schedule for Saturday’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

SB Nation sites to follow on Twitter:

Devils (@AATJerseyBlog) at Lightning (@RawCharge)

Blue Jackets (@cbjcannon) at Capitals (@JapersRink)

Maple Leafs (@PPPLeafs) at Bruins (@cupofchowdah)