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2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Open Thread

Apr 28, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Rangers center Jack Roslovic (96) leaps over Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) after scoring an empty net goal in the third period in game four of the first round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

We’re finally in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it looks to be a great set of series featuring the best teams in the league.

Florida vs. Boston
New York vs. Carolina
Dallas vs. Colorado
Vancouver vs. Edmonton

In a bit of good news, the remaining field includes the top 6 of Burkus’s bandwagon rankings. The lowest remaining is #13 Boston, but at least it resulted in another delicious serving of Leafs fan schadenfreude.

Old Friends

In former Blue Jackets news, everyone hates Pierre-Luc Dubois after he was a nonfactor for the Kings, whereas local boy Jack Roslovic has 5 points in 5 games, including an assist in Game 1 of the second round against the Hurricanes.

Bracket Challenge

Here are the updated rankings:

#1 Pale Dragon 88 points
#2 devilpenny 82
#2 JoeZipp 82
#4 CBJinfour 79
#4 Maria327 79
#4 AKBax 79

All but 2 of the 27 entries still have their champion pick remaining, so a lot can change over the next 3 rounds. It’s still anyone’s game!

Calder Cup update

In another playoff, our beloved Cleveland Monsters evened up their series against the Belleville Senators on Friday, and need to win 2 of 3 at home to advance.