Puck Wire: Top Hockey News Of The Day – April 17th

NHL Trade Deadline

It’s just about crunch time now in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The LA Kings, later tonight, will be the first team to go face-to-face with elimination when they host the Vegas Golden Knights in game four of their opening round series. This comes on the heels of a thrilling night last night that saw Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils punch back against the east’s top team in Tampa Bay.

As you get set for another thrilling night of playoff hockey, take a few minutes and take a spin with us around the hockey world!

– The New Jersey Devils are on the board with their first victory in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With Taylor Hall leading the way, the Devils have made it a series by defending home ice just as Tampa Bay did in the opening two games. The 5-2 score isn’t indicative of the game, however, as the Bolts lead it in the third. Relive game three with a recap from the losing side as Matthew Esteves of Raw Charge has the recap.

– Speaking of making a series out of things, Patrick Marleau was the brightest star in Toronto’s 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in game three last night. Like the Devils, the Leafs dropped the first two games at home and won a must-win on home ice last night. Thomas Williams of The Leafs Nation has your recap.

– The Edmonton Oilers had arguably the most disappointing season of any team in the NHL this year. They didn’t, however, make any changes to their management or coaching staff (yet….). Jason Gregor of Oilersnation writes that the club’s upper hierarchy, which remains in tact, must change their ways or continue losing.

– We know Rasmus Dahlin is the top skater in the 2018 NHL Draft, but the consensus top pick is a European skater. That means, when it comes to the North American list, there will be some debate as to who the best skater is. On Monday, NHL Central Scouting cast their vote for a skilled scorer from the OHL. NHL.com’s Mike Morreale has more.

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