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John Carlson led all defensemen in points with Centers Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov have been on fire lately. Since the start of March, the former has six goals and 19 assists for 25 points while the latter has eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points. Oshie has had a rough season but has 12 points in 16 games since March 1. However, the Caps greatest strength might be their goaltending depth. Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer are both capable starters.
Columbus comes into the postseason having won 13 of their last 19 games. Since the start of March, they have the fourth-best record in the NHL.
Columbus has the most goals in the league during the same time span. They also have the ninth-best power play during that time. Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky had an extremely strong season and will likely be named a Vezina finalist for the second straight season. Since the start of March, he has a. However, Bobrovsky has struggled against the Caps in his career, as he has just a. Cam Atkinson has been scorching hot lately. He has at least one point in 17 of his last 20 games after struggling for most of the season.
Meanwhile, Artemi Panarin has 41 points in 31 games since the All-Star break. Columbus is quite capable of pulling off an upset, as they come into the playoffs as arguably the hottest team in the Eastern Conference. For more NHL Playoffs coverage, check out our hub page! Lang and Wagner return for their second season each with the team. Injuries and lack of continuity up front contributed to their struggles last year, but upgrades at every position around them on the unit should have them primed for a bounce-back performance in It may be tough to imagine the Lions dedicating nearly one-fifth of their roster on the offensive line, but as showed, depth along that unit is a precious commodity.
Tyrell Crosby is the player to watch from this group. He is another versatile piece who played tackle on the left and right for Oregon, and also possesses the ability to play on the interior as a guard. Though he is likely to be a swing tackle for the Lions in his rookie season, he possesses the potential to start down the line. Robinson and Mihalik provide more depth at the tackle position. Each player performed admirably when called on last season, and should make the roster again in Johnson was signed this offseason after spending the last three years with the New York Jets.
Last season he started 15 games, and though his performance left a lot to be desired, he is a serviceable option as a backup. Overall, the Lions offensive line has a chance to be a true strength for the team, and one of the more formidable units in the NFL in That should finally open up lanes for the running backs, and keep Stafford upright.
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