VA
  • TGT on YouTube
  • About TGT
  • The TGT Team
  • How TGT rates
  • Responsible Gambling Advice
  • Contact Our Team
  • Writers Wanted
  • Content Disclaimer
  • Affiliate Disclosure
Contains commercial content
Billboard Left
Billboard Left
The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / The State of Every NHL 2019 Playoff Team: Eastern Conference

The State of Every NHL 2019 Playoff Team: Eastern Conference

An overview
Publish Date: 07/01/2019
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa
TAMPA, FL - MARCH 27: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning dekes goalie Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders and scores during the shootout at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 27, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Lightning

This team has been given everything in the past few years but always falls short in the playoffs, and following their recent playoff meltdown, they have everything to prove.  They have broken records with how bad this last postseason was for them. The unfortunate part is that they wasted their best year to win a cup on a legendary 62-win season. They are now going to have to lose some key pieces because of cap space and other reasons.  Yes, they have more years in this championship window but they are starting to look a lot like the San Jose Sharks–given everything including a Stanley Cup Final appearance with no cup victory.

They are the new can’t-get-over-the-hump team. This franchise is a mess right now because of high expectations.  If they can’t overcome these ambitions soon they will be remembered as Dan Marino in football is today. A great qb but no championship and a sad story as a result.

 

Washington Capitals

You broke the curse and won the cup last year.  Unlike the 2017-18 season, what we got this year was the same old Capitals.  The Capitals that have a great regular season, high expectations and bad playoffs.  This means one of two things for the Capitals. This was either the bad rebound most teams have after a championship or we just have the same Capitals for a long time to come. 

The Capitals may have to lose some big pieces before this is all said and done this offseason. The result? They may still be competitive next year with Alex Ovechkin but this franchise had its moment last year and that might be all they get.  Washington is always hard to read but it seems, although not at this moment, the window is closing for another championship. In five to ten years or so I would not be surprised to see a Washington Capitals team that didn’t win the big one again and wasted the rest of its window, and may well be in the basement of the league.  The clock is ticking at a second run for the cup, don’t waste it.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins

All the glory now, paying later has finally caught up to the Penguins franchise.  They were always pushing for a cup, always adding and giving away their first round picks.  The 2017-18 season was their last year in their championship window. It closed hard, pending the 2018-19 playoffs.  Barry Trotz has this team figured out and the Pens simply don’t have a team anymore. They rely on their star players to take them to victory.  This is almost never enough in the NHL, as you must have a complete squad to succeed. I would expect some dark years ahead for the Pens but not all hope is lost. 

The Penguins should still have Sidney Crosby and a couple others to build around. There are still more problems here even with a rebuild possibility. The Penguins management will have to realize that they are getting older and slower on the ice.  They would have to reestablish aspects of speed and youth to the team. In addition they will have to realize that Matt Murray doesn’t cut it at the goalie position and get a new, better goalie.

What’s the problem with that? The Penguins management is still trying to live in the glory days.  To succeed they need to first take a step back, something the Penguins would never want to do. I will give you two scenarios of how this could go down over the next five to ten years for the Pens. The first scenario is that the team endlessly tries the relive what once was and spiral down in consistent early playoff losses.  The second scenario is the Pens take a step back and in a few short years of building a true team have an open championship window again. It’s the Pens choice, choose wisely.

 

New York Islanders

Finally, a team with some good news on this list.  The Islanders have exceeded all expectations in the 2018-19 season and playoffs.  They have a new coach, revived goalies and have proven they don’t need their star center John Tavares.  The thing I like about this team the most is just that, they are a team. They have two great goalies who work well with the team, their defense has been great and their offense was clutch in the first round of the playoffs.  Their whole core is like jelly and peanut butter. Barry Trotz seems to be able to pull the team out of a bunch of individuals and as long as he is here the possibility of a Stanley Cup is always there. I am excited to see what this team has in store for us next year.  The championship window has just opened, maybe we will see the Islanders near a cup final soon.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Jackets just won their first playoff series in franchise history.  Even though this was a great victory for the team short term, it is looking to be very shallow for the long term.  You see, the Jackets loaded up on talent right before the trade deadline so they could make the playoffs and win a series.  One of the most likely reasons for such aggressiveness from the Blue Jackets coach John Tortarella nearing the trade deadline was he didn’t want to get fired and he was out of time.  The smart thing probably would have been to wait and build slowly but management seemed to be out of patience. Now they are going to lose three of their five best players due to free agency and some draft picks in the process.  This appears to be a very bad situation. The metropolitan division has been the hardest division for the best few years to play in and the Blue Jackets are about to take one giant step back. Columbus’ only hope is to replace the talent leaving with equivalent or better talent.  The team is on very shaky ground as of now.

 

Carolina Hurricanes

All is well moving forward for this team.  The Hurricanes are finally out of the basement of the NHL with a young healthy core, led by older more experienced players. They definitely have a good team mentality and a tough hardcore way of playing the game.  My only concern is contending CONSISTENCY. The goaltending is great, until it’s not for seemingly no explanation. Once the goalies are more consistent this team has a real chance of going the distance next playoffs, so long as they keep everyone important they have around. 

If they continue to progress they could be the future of the metropolitan division. They are fun to watch and easily physical enough to play in the division. The only other thing of note that could be concerning is with young players doing so well other teams could offer them contracts better than that of Carolina in free agency.  Basically, keep your core together and patch up your goalies and you’re all good.

 

Toronto Maple Leafs

On a sheet this team has looked like a cup contender. The reality is that the team has been a near perfect copy of the Minnesota Wild.  Get hyped up with great talent, grossly underperform during the regular season and get eliminated in the first round. It has become such a habit you would think it’s this team’s MO.  They have been horrible to their faithful fans and the season was no different. Unless Mike Babcock can turn things into actually playoff production there is no hope for the Leafs until he is gone. 

We are sure to see them in the playoffs again but what’s the point if they can’t win a series? They are wasting a championship window by not even being able to win one. The regular season will mean nothing, playoff time is when it will count for the Maple Leafs.

 

Boston Bruins

You had a great regular season, outstanding playoffs, yet no cup.  You were beaten by the Cinderella story Blues. The rest of the sports world is laughing in your face because you are a Boston team and you have unlikable players.

But let’s take a step back for a moment.  You have a decent future with your core remaining intact for at least a couple years.  This cup run is not your last chance but your best players are aging. These players are beginning to break as a long list of injuries is being revealed.  This team is going to be a cup contender for the next few years but then what? Zdeno Chara is going to retire soon and a lot of the rest of your core is on the wrong side of 30. Not to mention your goalie Tuuka Rask is hated by the fans now so when his contact is up he will more than likely leave. 

The clock hasn’t struck midnight on this franchise yet but it’s not to far off. Be ready for it Boston fans, it’s coming.  

Billboard Left
Billboard Left
Read Also
Esteban de Jesus, Roberto Duran y AIDS (1972-89)
Many of us dream of celebrity sports fame, but only cruel individuals ...
Grading every NFL team’s picks from the 2021 NFL Draft
Quickly, click away if you’re going to get upset by reading draft ...
SI Sportsbook Promo
Sam Teets 2021 NFL three-round predictive mock draft 6.0
This is a predictive NFL mock draft and my final of the ...
Top 100 remaining 2021 NFL free agents after Day 1
This is the most up-to-date list of available NFL free agents following ...
Ranking the top 200 players in the NFL ahead of the 2021 season
This list isn’t based solely on performances from the 2020 NFL season. ...
Top 100 NFL free agents entering the 2021 offseason
Below is a list of the top 100 free agents available this ...
The Best Player on Every NFL Team Entering the 2020 Season
Entering the past two seasons, I’ve given my picks for the best ...
Eastern Conference First Round Playoff Preview
The best time of the year for hockey is finally here, as ...
2018-19 NHL Atlantic Division Preview
Finally, The Atlantic Division is the last division I will be previewing.  ...
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Top Brands
Top Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
99/100
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
96/100
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Review
96/100
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
95/100
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Review
95/100
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
9.9/10
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Bonus
7,000 Gold Coins + 10 Sweeps Coins
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Join GOLDEN2000 for 2,000 FREE coins
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Bonus
140k GC + 400 FC
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Latest News
Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa to miss Pro Bowl, remains in concussion protocol
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss February’s ...
NCAA Basketball Indiana vs Ohio State: Odds, Tips and Predictions 01/28/23
📅 Date: Saturday, January 28 🕚 Game Time: ...
Betting Tips
Our Latest YouTube Videos
Video: AFC 🏈Championship Game Preview: Bengals vs Chiefs
AFC Championship Game Preview: Bengals vs Chiefs
Video: NFC🏈 Championship Game Preview: 49ers vs Eagles
NFC Championship Game Preview: 49ers vs Eagles
Video: Bengals🏈 Weekly Show W/Joe Kelly: Bengals vs Chiefs Preview
Bengals Weekly Show W/Joe Kelly: Bengals vs Chiefs Preview
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....
Top Online Casinos
Top Casinos Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
99/100
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
96/100
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Review
96/100
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
95/100
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Review
95/100
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
9.9/10
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Bonus
7,000 Gold Coins + 10 Sweeps Coins
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Join GOLDEN2000 for 2,000 FREE coins
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Bonus
140k GC + 400 FC
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Top Betting Sites
Top Betting Bonuses
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Review
97/100
DraftKings
DraftKings
DraftKings Review
96/100
FanDuel
FanDuel
FanDuel Review
94/100
PointsBet
PointsBet
PointsBet Review
94/100
BetMGM
BetMGM
BetMGM Review
93/100
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Bonus
BET $20 GET $200 IN FREE BETS
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
First deposit only | 21+ & located in VA | Promo code as seen| A qualifying bet is $20 or more | Min odds of +120 or more | Free Bet Tokens credited after bet is settled and expire after 7 days | Free Bet stakes not included in winnings | Please Gamble Responsibly - Gambling Problem? VA: CALL 1-888-532-3500 | Full T&C apply
DraftKings
DraftKings Bonus
20% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
FanDuel
FanDuel Bonus
Bet $5, Get $150 in Bonus Bets
T&Cs apply
9.4/10
BetMGM
BetMGM Bonus
100% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
BetRivers.com
BetRivers.com Bonus
100% up to $500
T&Cs apply
9.2/10
Our Team
Mike GoodpasterAuthor IconJosh SchwartzSamuel TeetsMark Lewis
+8
Mike Goodpaster
Mike Goodpaster
Chief Editor
Author Icon
Christopher Carlson
Content Writer
Josh Schwartz
Josh Schwartz
Editor
Samuel Teets
Samuel Teets
US Sports Veteran
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Editor
Simon Briffa
Simon Briffa
Sports Editor
Chris Benedict
Chris Benedict
Editor
Author Icon
Malik Zorrok
Author
Author Icon
Daniel Kornhauser
Author
John Raspanti
John Raspanti
Author
Author Icon
Buddy Gibbs
Author
Brian Coburn
Brian Coburn
Author
Peter Bonahoom
Peter Bonahoom
Author
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....

If you enjoy hearing from the legends of pro sports, then be sure to tune into “The Grueling Truth” sports shows, “Where the legends speak”

Contact us: [email protected]

Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

sdfgfdgcsdfgfdgcww
Move to Top
Close
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Copy
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 21+
Payment Methods
Bitcoin
Litecoin
Ethereum
Dogecoin
Highlights
  • Social casino loved by Drake!
  • Play Plinko, Hilo, Crash and more!
  • Get Stake Cash bonuses every day!
Stake Originals
Dice
Crash
Plinko
Mines
×
Your Bonus Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site