NHL Playoffs: a breakdown of a crazy first round

A look at each first round series, including Mitch's MVP for each.

Who doesn’t like the first round of playoffs? I know some of you don’t like the format and would love to see 1 versus 8. But you know what, if Toronto can’t beat the Lightning in the first round, I don’t see them winning in the second or third round either.

Let’s dive into each of the series and who was, in my opinion, the MVP for each series. 

Colorado – Nashville 

It was a short but sweet series, and everyone is still fresh. Colorado swept Nashville in four games. Without a #1 goalie, Nashville was not ready to face the Avs in the first game, losing 7-2. The second game was the closest, a 2-1 overtime win for the Avs. In 4 games, Colorado put up 21 goals for and 9 against. Cale Makar had 10 points in 4 games, yes, 10 points in 4 games. One thing that was good for Colorado in this series was the physicality of Nashville. Starting from the opening faceoff, the Preds players were trying to play hard against the Avs. At the same time, this helped them get ready for the next round when they would face the St. Louis Blues, a much more skilled, physical and bigger team. With that being said, we can expect the Blues to play physical against the Avs again, however I think the Avs are too skilled for the Blues. 

MVP: Cale Makar with 10 points in 4 games. 

A look at each first round series, including Mitch's MVP for each . . .



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Mitch Giguere

Mitch Giguere ChPC, is the father of four children and a passionate hockey coach. Assistant Coach for Carabins Université de Montréal (USports W). Former Assistant and Video Coach in the KHL. Mitch has his High Performance 2 from Hockey Canada and has an Advanced Coaching Diploma (NCCP4) from the Canadian Sports Institute. You can reach out to Mitch via email at [email protected] or SMS 450-578-1187

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