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Eastern Conference playoff viewing guide

Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs will hope to slow down T.J. Oshie and the potent Capitals attack. John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Explosive offenses and great goaltenders highlight this year's Eastern Conference playoffs.

To wit, the East has the team that scored the most goals this season -- who happen to be the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins -- as well as the league's top goaltender (Sergei Bobrovsky) in goals-against average and save percentage.

By the baseline numbers, there is a wider gap between the favorites and the long shots in the East than in the West, but those don't always tell the whole story.

Let's take a detailed look at each matchup -- including a key strength and weakness of each team -- and make a call on how each series will be decided. And in case you missed the Western Conference edition, get caught up here.


Montreal Canadiens (103 points) vs. New York Rangers (102 points)