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The NHL is expected to open the playoffs on Saturday, April 9, when the New York Rangers take on the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m.
ET at MSG, and the Los Angeles Kings will take on Montreal on Saturday night at 8 p.,m.
EST at the Staples Center.
With the playoffs approaching, we asked some of the league’s most trusted voices for their predictions for how each team’s lineup will look and what they expect from their players.
The Devils and Kings have had a difficult time adjusting to the playoffs since winning the Presidents Trophy in 2015.
They have been outscored by nearly 19 goals in the playoffs, which ranks them 24th in the NHL.
They also have struggled in the second half of the season, where they have scored only 13 goals.
Their goaltending has also been inconsistent, allowing 16 goals in 12 games, which is the lowest of any team in the Metropolitan Division.
The Blues have had the second-worst record in the league.
They are currently tied for third in the division at 21-29-5 and have been unable to close out games with a win since Feb. 27, the date the team announced it was leaving the NHL for the first time since 2002-03.
They haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their past five games, as they have allowed six goals in their past two.
The Rangers are in the midst of a tough stretch of games, and are currently the last team in their division to beat them, having lost three of four.
They need to come back and take down the Devils and win their third straight game to earn home ice advantage in the first round.
The Kings have been inconsistent this season, allowing a combined 27 goals in 22 games.
The Kings have played the best of any Eastern Conference team in each of the past three games, going 3-0-1 in those contests.
They still have a tough road ahead, with games against the Capitals, Islanders, and Flyers.
The Capitals are on a four-game winning streak, but they have been plagued by injuries.
They currently rank dead last in the East with only two points in their first five games.
The Flyers are coming off a 3-2 win over the Bruins, and they face the third-seeded Capitals on Sunday.
The Flyers also have a three-game losing streak to start the season.
The Caps have also played well since a loss to the Bruins in the opening round, but have not played as well as they would like this season.
The Sabres are in last place in the Central Division with a record of 15-27-6, and face the Blackhawks on Sunday night.
They had a tough start to the season and have dropped four of five, with three losses coming in the last five games of the regular season.
They will look to rebound this week.
The Ducks are in first place in their Pacific Division with an average of 3.34 goals per game, but are tied for fifth in the Pacific in scoring (12.33 goals per contest).
The Ducks have been the best team in this division, averaging 3.03 goals per 100 shots faced.
The Sharks are tied with the Ducks for fourth in the West with a team scoring average of 2.67 goals per goal.
The Rangers and Capitals are the two best teams in the Western Conference in goals scored per game.
The Lightning have played well in recent weeks, averaging 2.29 goals per outing.
The Lightning have scored three of their last four goals in regulation.
The Bruins are in seventh place in this Eastern Conference with an overall record of 20-29, and play the fourth-seeding Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, April 12 at 7:30 p.