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Riders/Colonials - First Round 2018 Playoff Preview

by 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!

Goalie:

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

Defense:

While Boston’s defense is pretty solid with:

John Klingberg (44 pts), David Savard (40 pts), Alec Martinez (35 pts), T.J. Brodie (33 pts), Karl Alzner (25 pts)

Reykjavik’s is pretty hardcore! Check out the D:

Alex Pietrangelo (64 pts), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (56 pts), Keith Yandle (46 pts), Andrei Markov (38 pts), Justin Faulk (37 pts)

Big edge – Riders

Forwards:

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.

Ryan Kesler (82 pts), Jakob Silfverberg (61 pts), David Pastrnak (61 pts), Logan Couture (52 pts), Logan Couture (46 pts), Nathan MacKinnon (46 pts)

*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:

Derek Stepan (58 pts), Cam Atkinson (57 pts), Filip Forsberg (33 pts), Max Pacioretty (32 pts), Jakub Voracek (32 pts) and Sean Monahan (31 pts).

Edge – Colonials

Special Teams:

Boston PP% is 15.9% while the PK is 77.7%

Reykjavik PP% is 17.2 while PK is 81.6%

Slight edge - Riders

In summary:

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 :-(

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