Wednesday Knight Wisdom: Bruce Cassidy Is Gambling

The Vegas Golden Knights have their backs against the wall. Is Bruce Cassidy partly to blame?
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2. What's Happening Around the League?

Aside from the Vegas Golden Knights free-falling, there have been some teams advancing to the next round. The New York Rangers performed a clean sweep of the hapless Washington Capitals, showcasing why they were the President's Trophy winners. Detroit Red Wings fans must be screaming at their television sets right now, claiming they'd have a better shot at the Rangers.

Granted, their play hasn't been perfect throughout the series, with some games where they let Washington hang around. However, the high-scoring Rangers are moving on, getting ready to play the Carolina Hurricanes. This will be a fun match-up to watch.

The Hurricanes disposed of the New York Islanders, 4-1. With Carolina doubling up the Islanders in Game 5 by a score of 6-3, they'll prepare for another heavyweight in the Rangers. With a star-studded lineup consisting of Artemi Panarin and Chris Kreider, the other New York team will be a more suitable challenge for the Hurricanes.

Meanwhile, the Avalanche and Panthers advanced to the second round as well. But one noteworthy series to watch is between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins. Can the Maple Leafs come back from a 3-1 deficit and win the series? They got a head start on Tuesday with a 2-1 overtime victory. Credit Matthew Knies for the game-winner, who should also provide the Vegas Golden Knights with some tips on how to score clutch goals against a dominating team. The Nashville Predators might follow in Toronto's steps, winning their Game 5 match-up on Tuesday.