Golden Knights have ‘frustrated’ MacKinnon, Avs’ top line

The Wraparound is your day-to-day take a look at the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. We’ll break down the NHL championship game today with the critical tv and live streaming details consisted of.

• The Canadiens finished their sweep of the Jets on Monday, ending up being the first string to advance to the Stanley Cup Semifinals.

• Bruce Cassidy was really, really mad about the officiating in the Bruins’ Video game 5 loss.

Wish to capture up on all of Monday night’s playoff action? Have a look at the NHL Playoff Buzzer.

Don’t state that the Avalanche never ever dealt with hardship throughout the 2020-21 season.

Thanks to injuries, hockey fans got just a lot of glances of the Avs at full-strength. They didn’t have Pavel Francouz at all this season. Cale Makar may lose on the Norris Prize after missing out on a long time. In an entertaining twist, Nazem Kadri ranked as one of the couple of Avalanche to play all 56 regular-season video games.

The important things is, it was difficult to truly sign up that hardship. After all, the Avalanche simply kept rolling and rolling, making it all that a lot more disconcerting that they’ve faced a brick wall versus the Golden Knights.

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So we’ve witnessed rare sights and sounds heading into Game 5 vs. the Golden Knights on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN). People are … actually doubting Nathan MacKinnon, and the Avs as a whole?

Truly, it’s been jarring to see how much the Golden Knights have overwhelmed the Avalanche. It’s not simply that they’ve won the last two games, it’s that they’ve imposed their will — and skill — on Colorado.

Maybe some of that comes down to the Golden Knights believing in themselves, and not being too scared of MacKinnon and other elite Avs?

“We gave them a little too much respect in Game 1,” said Vegas forward Mark Stone. “We kind of stepped back after the first period of Game 2, we realized we could play with these guys. But to say it’s easy is a very false statement. They’re a great team, they’re going back home, they’re going to bring their best game. We’re just going to go on the road and try to do a lot of the things we’ve been doing at home and in the last three games combined.”

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When you’re winning, the focus is on your power play making the difference. When you’re losing, it maybe sheds a light on larger MacKinnon – Gabriel Landeskog – Mikko Rantanen struggles.

“They’re frustrated, for sure,” Jared Bednar said, via the Athletic (sub required). “This is going to be a battle. I fully expect our guys to take another step in this series in the home game, and our big line will have to be a big part of that.”

TUESDAY’S NHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Video game 5: Lightning at Hurricanes, 6:30 p.m. ET (TB leads 3-1) – NBCSN (livestream)
Game 5:
Avalanche at Golden Knights, 9 p.m. ET (Series 2-2) – NBCSN (livestream)

WEDNESDAY’S NHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Game 5: Bruins at Islanders, 7:30 p.m. ET (NYI leads 3-2) – NBCSN (livestream)

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James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

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