2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs: SCH open thread

It's a big day with several first-round playoff games and the draft lottery. Here's your place to discuss all the action.

Hey SCH, it's the weekend! Here's what's on the game slate today:

Home team Away team Time Network
Tampa Bay Lightning Detroit Red Wings 2 p.m. CT NBC
St. Louis Blues Minnesota Wild 2 p.m. CT NBC
New York Rangers Pittsburgh Penguins 7 p.m. CT NBC
Anaheim Ducks Winnipeg Jets 9:30 p.m. CT NBCSN

The NHL 2015 Draft Lottery will also be held today, and the results will be announced on NBC immediately before the Penguins/Rangers game. This will determine where Connor McDavid and a few other top prospects will start their NHL careers. Will McDavid wind up with the Sabres and their long-suffering fanbase? Will he be headed to his hometown Maple Leafs? They both have long odds, but last year's Cup champion Los Angeles Kings or President's Trophy-winning Boston Bruins could also end up with the first overall pick.

Here's each team's odds, taken from nhl.com:


Odds of

winning lottery

1 Buffalo Sabres 20.0%
2 Arizona Coyotes 13.5%
3 Edmonton Oilers 11.5%
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 9.5%
5 Carolina Hurricanes 8.5%
6 New Jersey Devils 7.5%
7 Philadelphia Flyers 6.5%
8 Columbus Blue Jackets 6.0%
9 San Jose Sharks 5.0%
10 Colorado Avalanche 3.5%
11 Florida Panthers 3.0%
12 Dallas Stars 2.5%
13 Los Angeles Kings 2.0%
14 Boston Bruins 1.0%