Java on Ice | NHL must-reads for April 20

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Monday through Friday, we are going to do our absolute best to bring you the top NHL reads from around the web.

The goal will be to sort through dozens of posts to find the good stuff so you don’t have to. If you are looking for something fresh, unique or interesting, odds are good that you’ll find something here. If you like what these people do then give them a follow on Facebook or Twitter, and share the content that you love.

Hockey fans make up one of the best communities around, and in a lot of ways, we’re all in it together.Without further delay… your top NHL posts for April 20, 2017.

Last night the St. Louis Blues failed to close out the Minnesota Wild in Game 4. Jeremey Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that it’s because they took the first period off in the contest and couldn’t recover.

In the eyes of Michael Russo over at the Minnesota Star-Tribune, the Wild managed to survive because the Blues couldn’t match their desperation.

Unlike St. Louis, the Anaheim Ducks did manage to close out their quarterfinal series against the Calgary Flames last night. Ryan Dixon believes that Calgary bowed out early because of some bad luck and shaky goaltending. From Sportsnet.ca.

Just how unreliable were Calgary’s goalies? Eric Francis of the Calgary Herald thinks that Brian Elliott’s time with the Flames is over because of his poor play.

Meanwhile, the NHL scribes over at ESPN.com discussed what they think makes the Ducks a legit Stanley Cup threat as they await their second-round opponent.

The Boston Bruins dropped a pivotal Game 4 to the Ottawa Senators last night, and Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald broke down the loss like this.

On the other side of that series, Bobby Ryan has been a force for the Senators. From CBC.ca.

Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen also shared his thoughts on the B’s/Sens series to this point and noted that Ottawa has done a fantastic job of shutting Boston down when games are on the line.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will continue their comeback bid against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. Jason Brough of NBC Sports can’t see the Jackets getting the series to 3-2 without Sergei Bobrovsky playing well.

And lastly, a quick update on the developing Will Butcher situation with the Colorado Avalanche. From BSNDenver.com.

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