Since we’re down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation. As we noted on Saturday night, the Boston Bruins’ win over the New York Islanders gave them the last wild card spot, for the moment, and moved them to within one point of the Toronto Maple Leafs for third in the Atlantic. As for the Islanders, it’s a tough loss – on the second night of a back-to-back – but they still have a game in-hand on Boston, as do the Leafs.
Connor Hellebuyck, WPG vs. VAN ($31): Hellebuyck has been awful in dropping six of his past seven starts, but he won’t have a better opportunity to bounce back than against a Canucks offense that ranks 29th in the league with 2.26 goals per game. While the 23-year-old has naturally shown inconsistency in his first season as a No. 1 option, Hellebuyck’s 23-19-4 record and four shutouts illustrate the high ceiling he possesses. Jonathan Bernier, ANH vs. NYR ($31): While Bernier has been superb of late, his career 2.65 GAA and .915 save percentage are better indicators of what should be expected from him moving forward.