2012 NHL Playoffs: April 20th Open Thread

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 16: Brent Johnson #1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins covers the puck as Ville Leino #22 of the Philadelphia Flyers is checked by Penguin defenders at the Wells Fargo Center on October 16 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Flyers 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Three seasons ago the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings traded Stanley Cup victories.

Tonight they attempt to stave off early elimination in the first round.

Goaltending has led both teams to this point although the underlying factors have been different-- Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury has had a nightmare first round while Pekka Rinne has been a nightmare for the Wings. Detroit outplayed Nashville for the vast majority of games 3 and 4 but walked away empty handed, failing to win in the same arena where they set the record for consecutive home wins earlier this year.

Was Pittsbrugh's 10 goal outburst in game four a sign of things to come? Or was it just delaying the inevitable?

Can the Red Wings finally solve the unsolvable Rinne? Or will the aging Red Wings bow out earlier than expected for the third straight year, this time in the opening round?

We find out tonight.

NHL Playoffs Schedule for April 17, 2012

Away Home series Time (PST)
Television
Philadelphia Pittsburgh
PHI leads 3-1
4:30 PM NBC Sports Net, TSN
Detroit Nashville NSH leads 3-1
5:00 PM CNBC, CBC

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