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Cities With 2 Teams In Playoffs Notes

April 18, 2017

There are four cities with teams in both the NBA and NHL playoffs.

Thus far in games involving those cities’ teams, the lower seeded or in one case (Ottawa is a higher seed than Boston, but the Bruins were clear series favorites) underdog teams are (9-3).

The Nashville Predators have a commanding three games to none lead, vs the West top seed, Chicago Blackhawks. I “knew” when NBC network commentator, Pierre McGuire likened the Blackhawks, as stated here last week, a fine organization, to the awesome New England Patriots, that did not augur well for “Chi.”

Meanwhile,  the lower seeded Chicago Bulls won at Boston, vs the NBA East top seed, Celtics and now are only slight underdogs in that series.

As stated, the lower seeded Boston Bruins were clear series “faves” vs the Ottawa Senators, but after two overtime (4-3) wins, Ottawa has a (2-1) series lead.

The huge underdog, Toronto Maple Leafs, 50 years removed from their last Stanley Cup crown (that year’s (1967) Stanley Cup highlights film was narrated by long time Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek) lead the top ranked Washington Capitals, two games to one after Tyler Bozak’s overtime tally lifted “Tor” (4-3), in #3 at Toronto last night.

The other “Tor” team, the higher seeded NBA Raptors lost their series opener vs the Milwaukee Bucks, while the other “Wash” spring playoffs team (is not there a “spring wash”—guess it is spring cleaning— in the culture?!), the Wizards, nee Bullets (changing an NBA team name is NOT the answer to stopping crime! try kindness, try specks of humanity, try no guns!), the higher seed, won their series opener vs the Atlanta Hawks.


Last year the Preds made the quarters, losing in 7 to the eventual NHL runner up, San Jose Sharks.

After the “F’s” (two third period goals by “F”ilip “F”orsberg to tie the tilt while Kevin “F”iala won it in overtime) did in Chi in #3, Nashville is very likely to play higher seeded St. Louis (Blues) in this year’s “quarters.”



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