NHL Playoff Schedule 2016: Matchups, Predictions and Saturday’s Round 1 Guide

April 16th, 2016 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »

Although there's no such thing as a must-win Game 2 of a playoff series, the four NHL teams that head into Saturday's action down 1-0 are certainly feeling some extra pressure. Coming back from two games down is a difficult task, even if a team is heading home for the next two games.

As you'd expect, the numbers bear that out. NHL teams that go up 2-0 eventually win the series 86 percent of the time, according to WhoWins.com. So it's fair to expect some extra intensity in order to avoid having to face that type of uphill battle.

Let's check out the complete list of games for Saturday. That's followed by a preview and prediction for each of the contests.


Saturday Viewing Guide

All games are available for live streaming via NBC Sports Live Extra.


Game Predictions New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins (PIT leads 1-0)

This series could very well come down to the health of the goalies. Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury missed Game 1 while recovering from a concussion, and New York's Henrik Lundqvist was forced the exit the opener after suffer ...

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