Episode 395: 2021 Playoff Preview, Part 1

Ryan Lambert joins the show to help kick off our playoff previews by deep diving the round one matchups in the East and Central divisions. The topics include:

Carolina's nearly flawless statistical resume

What the Predators need to do to make a series of it

The Hurricanes forecheck vs. Predators skilled defensemen

The impact of seeing fans at the rink for a playoff game again

Why Lightning vs. Panthers is the most exciting round 1 matchup

What to expect from Kucherov, Stamkos, and TB's returning players

Concerns about Victor Hedman since his injury

How the Panthers use defensemen to dominate in transition

What Florida will do in net with their goalie options

What to make of Boston's numbers considering the teams they've played

Taylor Hall's impact on the Bruins 2nd line and 5-on-5 play

The Capitals power play vs. the Bruins penalty kill

Why the Capitals are more dangerous than shot rates suggest

How much to buy into the Islanders limping into the playoffs

Barry Trotz's ability to plan for an opponent in a series setting

Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock vs. Crosby's line

Pittsburgh's secondary scoring and manufacturing offense

What the Penguins need to do to avoid a repeat of 2019

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