It’d be difficult to pack any more drama into one day of hockey.
Put all three Game 7s on the same day you cowards, atNHL.— Second City Hockey (@2ndCityHockey) September 4, 2020
Well ... that is one way. But Friday’s slate of Stanley Cup Playoffs action will not be lacking in dramatic moments when both Western Conference semifinal series conclude with Game 7s from Rogers Place in Edmonton.
Both series could’ve been over in five games, too. The Avalanche and Stars meet first, with Colorado rallying from a 3-1 series deficit by picking up victories in Games 5 and 6. That Game 6 victory came Wednesday, with the Avalanche falling behind 1-0 and then ripping off four straight goals. Colorado’s captain has been its most consistent producer, with Nathan MacKinnon’s point streak now sitting at 14 games.
Vancouver also trailed Vegas 3-1 in their series, before Vancouver turned to rookie goaltender Thatcher Demko for victories in Games 5 and 6. With Game 6 being played Thursday, there is some question regarding who’ll be in net for the Golden Knights for Game 7. Robin Lehner’s numbers (7-4, .914 save percentage, 2.17 goals-against average) are better than Marc-Andre Fleury’s (3-0, .893 save percentage, 2.67 GAA), but coach Peter DeBoer has been keeping his veteran goalies fresh by not forcing either one of them to play on back-to-back nights.
Friday, Sept. 4
Dallas at Colorado, 3 p.m. (USA, CBC, TVAS, SN)
Vancouver at Vegas, 8 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, SN)
*All times Central