NHL Playoffs 2013: Tuesday Predictions for Bruins vs. Rangers, Kings vs. Sharks

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2013

May 18, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Scott Gomez (23) and Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (10) exchange words during the second period in game three of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The action thus far in the 2013 NHL playoffs has been red hot. With Tuesday’s matchups featuring battles like the Boston Bruins vs. the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings vs. the San Jose Sharks, hockey fans won’t want to miss a second of these games.

Whether your favorite team is from the Western Conference or the Eastern Conference, the hard-hitting postseason matchups on display will have even the casual fans ecstatic.  

If you’re a hockey fan, find a comfortable seat Tuesday night and enjoy what is shaping up to be a wild night of NHL action.  


Boston Bruins at New York Rangers: 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

Game 3 - Bruins lead 2-0

After squeezing out a tight overtime win against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Boston Bruins dominated Sunday on home ice to take the 2-0 series lead.

As well as Boston has played this postseason, the Rangers have been amazing in Madison Square Garden—winning all three of their games at home against the Washington Capitals in the first round—and will be fighting with every ounce of energy the team can muster.

Led by the infectiously physical play of captain Ryan Callahan, New York must come out swinging on Tuesday night and attack the Bruins’ inexperienced defensive group with every offensive look imaginable.

With three rookies on the blue line for Boston, the veteran offensive weapons for the Rangers like Rick Nash and Brad Richards must step up their game and put New York on the board early and often.

If the Rangers don’t win Game 3, this series won’t make it past five games.

Predicted Winner: Rangers 3, Bruins 2


Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks: 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

Game 4 - Kings lead 2-1

The Los Angeles Kings looked to be in the driver’s seat in their Western Conference semifinals matchup with the San Jose Sharks after taking the 2-0 series advantage. But a huge overtime win for the Sharks has turned the tide of the series.

San Jose must capitalize on home-ice advantage in Game 4 and make this a best-of-three.

The Sharks were deadly on the power play in Game 3—both of the team’s goals in the 2-1 victory came on the man-advantage—and despite Kings goalie Jonathan Quick making 38 saves, San Jose was able to sneak out a victory.

Los Angeles is predicated on great goaltending and elite defense, but with the Sharks getting timely offensive production from veterans Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle, LA is in serious trouble.

Expect another physical battle Tuesday night and a momentous San Jose victory.

Predicted Winner: Sharks 4, Kings 1