It is time! The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight, so it’s time to reveal our predictions for the first round. These picks can been seen and compared against the rest of the staff at The Fourth Period.
On Monday morning, significant news comes from Nashville. Barry Trotz – the only coach in Nashville Predators history – will not return for a 16th season. For more on the firing, read this great piece by Dirk Hoag at On the Forecheck.
Trotz leaves the Predators with 557 career wins and 479 losses.
With their sixth straight defeat – and second consecutive shutout loss – the St. Louis Blues backed into second place in the Central Division and a first round match-up with the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks lost the final game on their regular season schedule on Saturday night, falling 7-5 in Nashville.
Various media outlets have alluded to something CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers tweeted a couple weeks ago: Boston College senior forward Kevin Hayes will not sign with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Blackhawks prospect Justin Holl scored a short-handed game-winning goal with 0.6 seconds remaining in regulation to put Minnesota in the NCAA championship game on Thursday night. It was Holl’s first goal of his senior season, and the Golden Gophers escaped with a 2-1 win over North Dakota.
Earlier in the night, Union defeated Boston College 5-4 in another wild game. Hawks prospect Kevin Hayes’ final game for BC included two assists, but ended in defeat. Chris Calnan also had an assist in the loss.
On Thursday afternoon, the Blackhawks reassigned forward Teuvo Teräväinen to Rockford.
The IceHogs have five games left on their regular season schedule (four at home). Their one road game is in Rosemont against the Chicago Wolves on Sunday, April 13.
Rockford IceHogs defenseman Adam Clendening was named First Team All-AHL on Thursday.
Clendening, 21, was a Second Team selection last year, making him the first AHL defenseman to make a postseason All-Star Team in each of his first two pro seasons since Dan Boyle (1999-2000). He has 12 goals and 44 assists in 70 games, leading Rockford in scoring. His 44 assists ranks second among AHL defenseman.