Winter is gone.
The playoffs are coming.
This week, battles for 2 separate thrones are set to renew. On Wednesday, the NHL playoffs start as 16 groups jostle for the fitting to lift the Stanley Cup. On Sunday, the ultimate season of Recreation of Thrones premieres on HBO.
The 2 wars have extra in frequent than you would possibly assume. Each characteristic ice and Flames. Each characteristic a present king or queen who enjoys consuming. And each characteristic resurrection.
However there may be one key distinction. In Recreation of Thrones, “you win or you die.” Within the NHL playoffs, you win — otherwise you golf.
Listed below are the main gamers within the coming wars.
Calgary Flames vs. Colorado Avalanche
Flames: Daenerys Targaryen — “They’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top, then that one’s on top, and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel.”
The Flames’ three dragons — Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk — are hoping to say ‘dracarys’ and vanquish the Avs’ playoff hopes.
Home Calgarian can be a fan favorite.
Avalanche: Greyworm — “I was never the biggest, I was never the strongest, but I was bravest, always.”
They might be quiet, however the Avalanche’s first line is lethal. The military behind them? Much less so.
San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights
Sharks: Jaime Lannister — “If there are gods, why is the world so full of pain and injustice?”
Whereas Jaime is understood to everybody within the realm because the kingslayer, he is by no means really slain a king. Whereas the Sharks are recognized to everybody within the league as Cup contenders, they’ve by no means really gained the Cup.
And with Erik Karlsson’s nagging damage, San Jose might discover itself taking part in with one hand tied behind its again.
Golden Knights: Brienne of Tarth — “All my life men like you have sneered at me. And all my life I’ve been knocking men like you into the dust.”
Be ready for 2 issues while you come into Vegas’ barn: an unnecessarily prolonged pregame ritual that includes armoured knights with swords, and a few stingy defence.
Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars
Predators: Tyrion Lannister — “That’s what I do. I drink, and I know things.”
If we realized something from the Predators’ Cup run two years in the past, it is how a lot Nashville likes to social gathering. If we have realized something about Tyrion Lannister over seven seasons of Recreation Of Thrones, it is the identical.
Stars: Theon Greyjoy — “Do you know what it’s like to be told how lucky you are to be someone’s prisoner?”
Neither Theon nor the Stars are notably keen on their house owners proper now.
Winnipeg Jets vs. St. Louis Blues
Jets: Jon Snow — “Sometimes there is no happy choice, only one less grievous than the others.”
Tasked with defending a chilly northern border, the Jets might want to resolve the wall that’s Jordan Binnington in the event that they need to advance to the second spherical. And after being left for lifeless, each the Jets and Jon Snow had been revived in icy climates.
Blues: Sansa Stark — “I’m a slow learner, it’s true. But I learn.”
Sansa’s fortunes vastly improved after she rid herself of Joffrey, Littlefinger and Ramsay. Likewise, the Blues’ fortunes improved ever since parting methods with coach Mike Yeo.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Lightning: Bran Stark —“I can’t do it by choice. I don’t know how. It happens in my dreams.”
Bran can see the long run, with some rumours even saying he’s the Evening King. Are the Tampa Bay Lightning the true Evening King, demolishing all the pieces of their path? Both manner, each are the betting favourites to take a seat atop their respective thrones. And each are too proficient to lose, proper?
Blue Jackets: Melisandre — “I’ve been ready to die for many years. If the lord was done with me, so be it, but he’s not.”
The outdated gods and the brand new. Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin, plus the additions of Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and Adam McQuaid, proved that common supervisor Jarmo Kekalainen is a grasp of the darkish arts.
Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Bruins: The Hound —“If you can’t protect yourself, die and get out of the way of those who can.”
They’re bullies. Zdeno Chara is totally the NHL’s Hound. And so they’ve all the time been a thorn within the aspect of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Maple Leafs: Arya Stark —“Swift as a deer. Quiet as a shadow… Quick as a snake. Calm as still water.”
They went lacking for a bit, educated for years and at the moment are prepared to indicate everybody their powers. However at the beginning, getting previous the Boston Bruins (killing The Hound) is on their thoughts.
Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Capitals: Cersei Lannister —“Everyone who isn’t us, is an enemy.”
At present atop the throne and a lover of wine, Cersei Lannister embodies Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, who’re the defending Stanley Cup champions and did not cover their affinity for alcohol following their victory.
Hurricanes: Euron Greyjoy — “I don’t mock the drowned God — I am the drowned God.”
Earlier than storm surges and playoff aspirations, the Hurricanes had been merely a nasty crew no person talked about. Then they raged onto the scene, able to make noise. Euron Greyjoy’s journey is far the identical, having not been launched till Season 6, however because the captain of a naval fleet, he is wreaked havoc since getting into the fray. Everybody right here is only a bunch of jerks.
New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Islanders: Varys —“A very small man can cast a very large shadow.”
One thing concerning the Islanders feels sneaky. After bringing in Lou Lamoriello, arguably probably the most tight-lipped man in the complete NHL, the crew has someway risen atop the league with out a lot on-paper expertise. Possibly they know one thing the remainder of the league would not, similar to The Grasp of Whispers, Lord Varys.
Penguins: The Evening King — No recognized quotes
Everybody forgets they’re there, till you bear in mind. Whereas the remainder of the league fights amongst themselves, the Penguins (Evening King and his military) slowly made their march up the standings and, led by Sidney Crosby, are a crew no person needs to mess with come playoff time.