Riders/Colonials - First Round 2018 Playoff Previewby Gary Graves | May 7, 2018, 3:19 PM ET
As they say in hockey - Let’s do that hockey!
The Colonials kick off the postseason against the Reykjavik Riders, a team they did not want to face in any round. So to be the best you have to beat the best. The Riders easily disposed of the Colonials in all 4 matchups this season outscoring Boston 18-8. Boston only lost 9 times at home this season with two losses vs Reykjavik! Let’s take a closer look at the matchup!
James Reimer (BOS): 2.37 GAA 61 GP .905 SV% 35-14-4 record with 6 SO
Ryan Miller (RYK): 2.46 GAA 78 GP .902 SV% 44-29-5 record with 6 SO
Slight edge - Colonials
While Boston’s defense is pretty solid with:
Reykjavik’s is pretty hardcore! Check out the D:
Big edge – Riders
With the return of Kesler, Boston boasts a pretty solid top six with five 20+ goal scorers! Mikko Koivu is still out until around game 6 and he would be another player in the 20+ club.
*Currently on IR - Mikko Koivu (39 pts in 45 GP)
For the Riders, most of their top scorers are coming from backend on the D side on the house, but for forwards they have:
Edge – Colonials
Boston PP% is 15.9% while the PK is 77.7%
Reykjavik PP% is 17.2 while PK is 81.6%
Slight edge - Riders
On paper the Colonials should be the better team, but the Riders owned them this year. Huge that Boston has home advantage based on their home stats, but the playoffs are a completely different story! Hae to say this, but we think the Riders in 6 :-(