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After a crazy and chaotic first round of the 2019-20 Stanley Cup playoffs, the semifinals are now officially underway.

There is one thing we know for sure – something that makes this next round even more intense and exciting – and it has everything to do with the Canucks advancing. After winning their series through six games, they eliminated the Blues, reigning Stanley Cup champions. That means Lord Stanely will be off to a new city at the end of the Final. 

Out of the eight teams left, only the Bruins have won the Cup in the past decade (2011).

The previous two teams that won it all, won for the first time in franchise history, the Capitals in 2017-18 and Blues in 2018-19. There are two teams remaining who are yearning to make this trend extend for another consecutive year, the Canucks and Golden Knights. While the Canucks have waited a significant amount of time (almost 75 years), the Golden Knights are only three seasons into their franchise.

The intensity is rising, but fret not – this tracker will keep you up to date with everything you need to know. From who has the edge in the series, odds on who has the better chance at advancing per DraftKings, schedules, analysis and where to stream – it’s all right here for the taking.

East

Flyers vs. Islanders

Islanders lead series 1-0

Series odds: NY -200 PHI +165

Game 1: There comes a time where a game and a team’s performance can’t solely fall on the shoulders of their goaltender – that is how the Flyers looked right out of the gate when they faced the Islanders for the first time this series. The Islanders dominated in the opening 20 minutes of play – and while the Flyers came out much stronger in the second period – they weren’t able to find any success. The Flyers are still without offensive production from top players like Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny. If they want a chance in this series, they need to show up moving forward. Islanders win, 4-0.

Remaining schedule

Game 2: Wednesday Aug. 26, 3 p.m. ET (Stream on NBCSN)
Game 3: Thursday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. ET (Stream on NBCSN)
Game 4: Saturday, Aug. 29, 12 p.m. ET (Stream on NBC)
*Game 5: Monday, Aug. 31 – TBD
*Game 6: Wednesday, Sept. 2 – TBD
*Game 7: Thursday, Sept. 3 – TBD

Lightning vs. Bruins

Series tied 1-1 

Series odds: BOS -109 TB -109

Game 1: The battle of two of the top teams in the east is underway. From talent, goaltending, to special teams and everything in between – this is already shaping up to be a pretty evenly matched series. For the majority of game one,  the Bruins and Lightning were going back and forth with chances and it could’ve been anyone’s game, but the Bruins found a way to get past Andrei Vasilevskiy once per period. The final score is a clear reflection of the game, though the Lightning only got on the board later in the third period. Bruins win, 3-2.

Game 2: The Bruins and Lightning picked up exactly where they left off in the first game of this series. If anything, Game 2 was even more balanced than the first, and it remained that way for the full 60 minutes. Both teams tallied one goal per period – with Brad Marchand leading the way, scoring twice. His second goal forced overtime, but the Bruins weren’t able to capitalize. The Lightning added another win to their perfect record in overtime since the playoffs started. Lighting win, 4-3.

Remaining schedule 

Game 3: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m. ET (Stream on NBCSN)
Game 4: Friday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m. ET (Stream on USA Network)
*Game 5: Sunday, Aug. 30 – TBD
*Game 6: Tuesday, Sept. 1 – TBD
*Game 7: Wednesday, Sept. 2 – TBD

West

Golden Knights vs. Canucks

Series tied 1-1 

Series odds: VAN +245 VGS -305

Game 1: The Golden Knights have been steady rolling since entering the bubble – and their confidence is something that could intimidate any opponent. It just so happens that for at least the next four games, that opponent is going to be the Canucks. It’s clear that Robin Lehner has earned his spot as starting goaltender for the Golden Knights and his team has continually been playing well in front of him. The Canucks rightfully earned their way to this series, but looked lost for the most of this first game. Golden Knights win, 5-0. 

Game 2: The Canucks were on a mission from the first puck drop of the game and were ready to show not only the Golden Knights, but the rest of the league, that they mean business. It didn’t even take two minutes before Tyler Toffoli opened up the scoring. From that point on, the Canucks completely controlled the game. This was also a performance from Elias Pettersson that perfectly showcased the kind of player he is – and a very underrated one at that. Canucks win, 5-2.

Remaining schedule

Game 3: Thursday, Aug. 27, 9:45 p.m. ET (Stream on NBCSN)
Game 4: Saturday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m. ET (Stream on NBCSN)
*Game 5: Monday, Aug. 31 – TBD
*Game 6: Tuesday, Sept. 1 – TBD
*Game 7: Thursday, Sept. 3 – TBD

Avalanche vs. Stars

Stars lead series 2-0

Series odds: DAL -305 COL +240

Game 1: In the first official game in the second round, somehow – Nathan MacKinnon found a way to amp things up from where he was in the previous series against the Coyotes. He had himself a 3-point game (2 goals, 1 assist), but it still wasn’t enough to pull the Avalanche to a win. The Stars were on fire offensively, having four different players (Tyler Seguin, Blake Comeau, Alexander Radulov and Roope Hintz) get on the board – Radulov having two goals on the night. Stars win, 5-3. 

Game 2: Typically, opening goals in a playoff game help shape the outcome – and after their loss Saturday, the Avalanche were ready to come out on a strong note. MacKinnon got things rolling, posting the only goal in the first period. Things were looking up, as Mikko Rantanen scored a power play goal nearing the halfway point of the game – but then the Stars woke up – scoring five unanswered goals. Stars win, 5-2.

Remaining schedule 

Game 3: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 10:30 p.m. ET (Stream on NBCSN)
Game 4: Friday, Aug. 28, 10 p.m. ET (Stream on NBCSN)
*Game 5: Sunday, Aug. 30 – TBD
*Game 6: Monday, Aug. 31 – TBD
*Game 7: Wednesday, Sept. 2 – TBD

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